Can I ride my motorcycle during the coronavirus lockdown?
THE coronavirus lockdown has been relaxed by the government, and many activities have now been allowed to resume as normal.
But do these activities include motorcycling? If they do, what safety measures will riders have to follow?
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Can I ride my motorcycle?
Yes, motorcycle riders are now able to head out on a ride for fun after the government relaxed lockdown restrictions earlier this week.
During the lockdown, motorcycles could still be used for essential journeys, such as going to work, for voluntary work or to buy shopping.
Non-essential journeys, were banned, and could attract a fine.
The relaxation ofrules means that citizens can now "drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance", as long as they respect social distancing when they get there.
What rules should riders follow?
- Maintain social distancing of two metres at all times
- Check your bike over carefully when it’s been unused for a while
- If you put your bike on SORN, be sure to update it with the DVLA
- If you didn't renew your bike insurance policy during lockdown, do it now
- Make sure you have a valid MOT, the six month extension only applies to bikes that were due an MOT, after March 30, 2020.
- Do not ride in groups, the government states that people must not meet more than one other person from outside their household, and keep a safe distance
- Try to avoid rush hour if possible
- The government has clarified that "people may drive to outdoor open spaces, irrespective of distance, as long as they respect social distancing guidance while they are there".
- Large groups of motorcyclists are not allowed tocongregate at single spots
- Do not ride across the Scottish and Welsh borders unless necessary until those countries change their rules
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Riding may also be beneficial for commuting to work.
The government is encouraging those who cannot work from home to get back to the workplace, while also advising commuters to avoid public transport – as capacity will be restricted and social distancing will be difficult to maintain.
Members of the public have been encouraged to walk or cycle to work if possible.
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