Published On: Tue, Mar 14th, 2023

Bali to ban tourists from riding motorbikes for bad behaviour | Travel News | Travel

Bali, one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist islands, is set to ban foreigners from riding motorbikes. The law comes after a spate of bad behaviour on the tropical island.

Governor I Wayan Koster said: “You should not roam about the island using motorbikes, without wearing shirts or clothes, no helmet, and even without a licence.”

Under the new plans, tourists would instead be offered cars in a system managed by travel agents.

According to local police statistics, more than 171 foreign nationals have violated traffic orders in just one month.

Some tourists have even been caught using fake licence plates on their rented two-wheelers.

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The governor warned: “If you are a tourist, act like a tourist” as the Government planned the newest crackdown.

Many tourists in Bali choose to get around using a motorbike as it is often quicker than the island’s public transport.

The island can suffer from congestion and tourists use the vehicles to jump the queue and travel back alleys.

The ban will be introduced under a regional law later this year but it is not yet clear how it will be enforced.

The campaign aims to discourage tourists from dressing inappropriately while on the predominantly Hindu island.

The UK Foreign Office Advice for Indonesia states: “Traffic discipline is very poor and we have seen a large increase in moped and motorbike accidents, including serious injury and fatalities in Bali.

“Foreigners involved in even minor traffic violations or accidents may be vulnerable to exploitation.

“Consider employing a private driver or hiring a car with a driver. Make sure you wear a helmet if you’re riding a motorbike or moped.”

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