Motorcycles provide a great alternative to cars and other big vehicles. It allows one top have a lighter and smaller means of transportation without compensating the length of travel time. Due to its size and built, motorcycles consume less fuel than cars and big vehicles, they also cost less compared to big vehicles. In addition, the narrow size of the motorcycle allows one to enter into narrow streets with convenience. In light of these reasons, there are many people in Korea are using motorcycles as their means of transportation to and from work as well as in doing errands.
The significant number of people who own and are driving motorcycles has given way for the government to enact laws that will regulate the use of motorcycles. The Korean motorcycle law prohibits the driving of motorcycles in expressways. While this regulation may provide certain benefits to the drivers and riders of motorcycles, they also cause them considerable strain. Advantages On one hand, the law prohibiting motorcycles to be driven in expressways work to the advantage of the drivers and riders as it protects them from the harm of meeting an accident.
Expressways are designated for cars and big vehicles such as trucks. The towering sizes of these vehicles compared to motorcycles make the latter more vulnerable to accidents. With the small size of motorcycle, there is a high probability that the drivers of trucks and other big vehicles will fail to notice or see the motorcycles whenever the swerve or switch lanes. This failure may cause the big vehicles to unknowingly hit the motorcycles (Prescott). Another point is the fact that there are speed limits in expressways.
Compared to small roads, expressways have higher speed limits. Given the built of motorcycles, it would be very difficult for the latter to catch up with the speed limits of bigger vehicles (. The low speed limit available to motorcycles does not only prohibit them from being at par with the big vehicles, it also adds accident risk to the driver and the rider. In addition, the low speed limit of motorcycles may cause considerable strain to other people who are using the expressways since they need to make considerations for the speed that motorcycles can cater to.
This difference in speed limits also cause many motorcycle drivers to go beyond the prescribe speed limits and try to be at par with big vehicles thus opening doors for more accidents (TFHRC). Prohibiting motorcycle users from using the expressways may also save the government resources as they need to spend on speed guns which will detect of motorcycles which are going beyond the speed limit set. Disadvantages On the other hand, the prohibition on the use of the expressways may also cause disadvantage and an infringement on the equality of the use of highways.
Everyone should be entitled to the use of highways since this is a government property. It would be utterly difficult to fathom why there is a prohibition to motorcycles in terms of the use of expressways considering that motorcycles and motorbikes function in the same way. The prohibition causes considerable strain to many motorcycle owners since they still need to go on longer and complicated routes in order to reach their destinations. Expressways and highways provide direct and shorter routes to many destinations.
The motorists need not look for narrow and winding order to get to their destinations. This stressful for them since they are not only required to familiarize themselves with small roads, they also spend more on fuel. The longer their travel time is, the more fuel will they need in order to keep their motorcycle running. If the government fears that there would be more road accidents if motorcycles are allowed on highways and expressways, this can be solved through setting motorcycle lanes. They can promulgate a law which will allow motorcycles on expressways but with certain limitations.
Through motorcycle lanes, drivers of big vehicles need not worry about hitting motorcycles accidentally or adjusting to the speed level of motorcycles. Moreover, the use of the expressways is safer and more convenient for any motorist, including drivers and riders of motorcycles. According to Korea Transportation Safety Authority, International Road Traffic and Accident Database, EU road accident database, UNECE Statistics, and EUROSTAT, there are more accidents in roads rather than in expressways and highways. This occurs because small roads entail the driver to make cuts and turns more often than when he is on the expressways.
In addition, there are many roads which are rough and damage which can cause motorcycles to trip off or meet other forms of accidents. Conclusion Like any ordinary road, highways and expressways are all prone to catering accidents. There is no guaranty that there would be less accidents if motorcycles are prohibited from using the expressways neither is there a guaranty that there would be less. Accidents do not depend on allowing or prohibiting a certain vehicle from using a certain road. Accidents depend on the discipline that road users and vehicle drivers have.
If the government is concerned with the safety of road users, they should educate them on road ethics and road discipline. In addition instead of discriminating use of the roads, the government should just look for other ways and means to promote the best interest of everyone and not only selected road users.
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