Bali is set to ban foreign tourists from renting and using their motorcycles because they keep breaking traffic laws, according to Kompas.
Bali Governor I Wayan Koster made the announcement on 12 March, while calling out tourists for disregarding their traffic laws and misbehaving in the city.
He said “If you are a tourist, behave as a tourist. As a tourist, use the vehicle provided by the travel agent. Don’t ride a motorcycle without a shirt, not wearing clothes, not wearing a helmet, and on top of that, without even a driver’s license”
According to Koster, the ban is set to be implemented sometime this year and tourists will be made to only use cars that are provided by their travel agents.
Koster added that the decision to ban foreigners from using their motorcycles now is because they are “tidying up” as it was impossible to implement the rules during the pandemic as there were no tourists.
Between February to March, there were more than 171 traffic violations in Bali by foreigners, including reckless driving, not wearing helmets and using fake license plates.
Bali’s provincial government will also step up the monitoring of foreigners at the Badung Regency, Denpasar and the Gianyar Regency to maintain order, as those three areas are places where tourists often reside in.
Koster also urged the local people to report foreign tourists who are violating the laws, insulting the Balinese culture and people or behaving in an inappropriate manner to the police.
History of tourists breaking traffic laws in Bali
While many visitors choose to explore the island’s treasures on foot or with a driver, a significant number of tourists opt to rent motorcycles. Unfortunately, many of these tourists break traffic laws, putting themselves and others in danger.
Some tourists may choose to rent motorcycles because they believe it is cheaper and more convenient than hiring a driver or taking a taxi.
One of the most common traffic violations committed by tourists on rented motorcycles in Bali is driving without a helmet. Helmets are mandatory for all motorcyclists in Bali,
Another common violation is driving under the influence of alcohol. While it is illegal to drive under the influence in Bali, some tourists ignore this law and put themselves and others at risk.
Tourists on rented motorcycles are also prone to reckless driving. They may speed, weave in and out of traffic, and make sudden turns without signalling. This behaviour is not only dangerous but also contributes to traffic congestion and frustration for local drivers.
Tourists on rented motorcycles may not have the necessary documentation to drive legally. Some tourists may not have an international driver’s license, which is required to rent and drive a motorcycle in Bali. Others may not have insurance or the necessary paperwork to operate a motor vehicle in a foreign country.