The call for cyclists to pay registration has been given a good airing again of late, with proponents of this action claiming that registration of cyclists will prevent all the wrong-doings that a minority of cyclists perpetrate. I’m always amazed that seemingly intelligent people (mostly non-cyclists) believe that this action will solve all the issues they observe with cyclists. Apparently, registration of cyclists is expected to have a different effect on cyclists with respect to observing the road rules that it does with other, currently registered, traffic users.
If you happen to get into a discussion on this topic, the following article from the Age, provides some perspective, even if somewhat tongue-in-cheek.
“Pay yer rego!”
It’s a cry I’ve heard many times while cycling, and it always confuses me.
For starters, I’ve already paid rego twice this year: for a car and a motor scooter. When I’m on my bike, these vehicles are at home, taking a break from clogging the road or burning fossil fuels…”
So the next time you hear someone tell you that all cyclists should be registered, you’ll have plenty to tell them!