I admire the government's plan for a new licensing regulation for motorcyclists.
Let us analyse it.
The problem - the increasing number of accidents involving motorcyclists (The Borneo Bulletin Tuesday January 15).
The solution - introduce different classes of licence for motorcycles based on engine capacity and specifications.
So the theory is that there is a co-relation between the type of motorcycle license one is holding and motorcycle accidents and hence different classes of license would reduce the number of motorcycle accidents.
I applaud this logic after all the higher capacity motorbikes are more difficult to manage on the road.
By the same logic I hope the government would also introduce different classes of licence for cars as well.
It could be bracketed under 1000cc, 2000cc, 3000cc and so on and matrixed with specifications such as cylinders and whether they are v or not and to make it more relevant whether they are manual or auto and turbo or not.
Would this then help reduce the number of road accidents in Brunei?
After all those different capacity cars with different specifications should be handled differently - as the logic says a driver who took his driving test using a 1000cc manual car would not be able to handle a 5000cc V8 turbo automatic car.
But just a thought - could it not be that those accidents were caused by people who simply did not follow traffic laws when on the road which could be overcome simply by greater enforcement of the laws?
Is this too simple a solution to the problem because logic stipulates that if a rider is holding a high cc licence he would not ride over the speed limit or go through a red light or overtake in a dangerous manner?