Bali motorbike ban infuriates foreign tourists – ‘If the scooters are banned I will not be coming back’
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Foreign tourists visiting the Indonesian island of Bali have been left infuriated after the government announced a ban on motorbikes.
The move, which will come into effect in March 2020, is intended to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and road accidents on the popular holiday destination, but has caused outrage among tourists who rely on the two-wheeled vehicles.
One British tourist, who visits Bali every year, said: “If the scooters are banned I will not be coming back. I have been coming to Bali for years and the scooters have always been a big part of the experience. Without them, I don’t think the island would be the same.”
The ban will apply to all motorbikes with an engine capacity of more than 150cc, including popular scooters such as the Honda PCX150 and Yamaha NMax. Smaller motorbikes, such as mopeds and electric scooters, will still be allowed.
The move has been met with a mixture of anger and confusion from tourists. Many are worried that the ban will make it much harder for them to get around the island, as well as significantly increasing the cost of transportation.
The ban has also been criticised for being too restrictive. One Australian tourist said: “I don’t think it’s fair to completely ban motorbikes. There should be a limit on the number of motorbikes that can be rented, but completely banning them is just too harsh.”
The Balinese government has defended the ban, arguing that it is necessary to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and road accidents. However, many tourists remain unconvinced and are concerned that the ban will negatively impact their holiday experience.