Late burst of people power

Saturday May 30, 2020 Written by Published in Local
*People lined the streets to cheer on those taking part in the No 2 Helmets rally. KATRINA TANIRAU 20052954 *People lined the streets to cheer on those taking part in the No 2 Helmets rally. KATRINA TANIRAU 20052954

Hundreds of people get on their bikes in a late bid to convince the government to revoke its new helmet law.

Mamas and papas made up the vast majority of those who joined the No 2 Helmets Rally at Constitution Park.

They were unhappy that helmets are compulsory for all motorcyclists on Rarotonga, from June 26.

Protesters said the helmet law shouldn’t have been amended in the first place, and helmets should only be required for those who are 25-years-old and under, or those who exceed 40kmh.

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The amendment was rushed, rally organiser Moana Moeka’a said, and there should have been more public consultation.

Terai Aurupa, who in her 70s, took part in the rally. “They should make the helmet law back to what it was, for 25 years and under,” she said.

A chorus of beeping horns and a quick loop of Avarua township, while escorted by police officers on bicycles, was welcomed by onlookers who lined the street and cheered.

Moeka’a said it was not too late to amend the act, and he hoped Cabinet would seriously consider revisiting the new legislation.

His daughter Rima said: “This rally showed people power.”

2 comments

  • Comment Link P,T,Meni Saturday, 30 May 2020 16:42 posted by P,T,Meni

    Wearing helmets on motorbikes will save lives,where accident is involved,whether you are young or an adult,

  • Comment Link Brenda Wainohu Saturday, 30 May 2020 13:55 posted by Brenda Wainohu

    this is the point of difference from the rest of the world not having to wear a helmet. The decision should be left to the cyclist. If they feel they want to wear a helmet for xtra safety let them make that decision. But for me I always feel safe on the roads in Rarotonga.

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