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Quad bike ban "absurd"
« on: Sunday, 04 August, 2019 @ 15:04:16 »
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Restrictions on ATVs to be eased, as minister calls ban ‘absurd’

Greece’s Transport Ministry plans to ease restrictions on the use of all-terrain vehicles introduced by the previous administration.

Prompted by a hike in accidents and fatalities, the Transport Ministry last year imposed an all-out ban on the use of ATVs on asphalt roads, sparking protests from bike rental shop owners, mostly on popular holiday islands like Crete, Rhodes and Zakynthos.

Deputy Transport Minister Yiannis Kefaloyiannis recently said that the ban on quad bikes up to 125cc was “absurd.”

“We are talking about vehicles that are approved by current EU legislation, have vehicle registrations and pay annual road tax,” he said. He added that under the highway code, local authorities will still be able to limit where these vehicles can be driven.

Experts say that the four-wheeled motorcycles tend to tip over when moving at speed, or traveling up hills or on uneven ground. There some 25,000 licenses for quad bikes in Greece.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/243283/article/ekathimerini/news/restrictions-on-atvs-to-be-eased-as-minister-calls-ban-absurd

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Re: Quad bike ban "absurd"
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday, 07 August, 2019 @ 17:19:06 »
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Greece Lifts Partial Ban on Notorious Quad Bikes

A partial ban on the notorious quad bikes that are seen in dozens roaming the Greeks islands in summer has been lifted by Deputy Infrastructure and Transport Minister Yiannis Kefalogiannis, handing over jurisdiction to local governments.

Quad bikes (also known as “gourounes”) are very popular among travelers to Greece, particularly on the islands, where the roads are often narrow and precipitous. Currently an estimated 25,000 licensed quad bikes are in circulation primarily on the popular islands of Zakynthos, Crete, Kos and Rhodes.

Under Kefalogiannis’ decision, municipalities will now be able to impose restrictions depending on local needs and traffic, always according to the Road Traffic Code. The decision will be included in an amendment already tabled in parliament.

It should be reminded that last year, the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) urged traveling Brits to think twice before hiring quad bikes or mopeds for their mode of transport.

Experts agree that despite being four-wheeled, the quad bike could prove to be a dangerous vehicle when drivers are not trained to and aware of its “unusual” road behavior.
https://news.gtp.gr/2019/08/07/greece-lifts-partial-ban-notorious-quad-bikes/