Rent Motorcycles in Bali: Restriction for Foreigners

Following a series of traffic violations from foreign tourists riding motorcycles, the Governor of Bali I Wayan Koster has banned foreigners from renting motorcycles while they are staying in the city.

Based on the observations the Police forces in Bali, many foreign tourists violated traffic rules. These are the reasons behind the restriction to rent motorcycles for foreigners in Bali. 

Motorcycle Rent Services in Bali

In Bali, motorcycle renting services have become an increasingly popular business model. This is due to the large number of tourists entering the city every day, making it a surefire way for business owners to make money. The business model is quite simple in concept. Local business owners buy a large bulk of motorcycles then rent it out to visiting tourists, mostly foreign. The duration of rent varies, it can either be short-term or long-term depending on the needs of the customers. There are also different types of motorcycle to rent, different variants and sizes with different prices.

Why Do Foreign Tourists Rent Motorcycles in Bali?

Upon entering Bali, you would immediately realize that the majority of the roads are quite small in size. Even the slightly larger roads downtown are crammed with heavy traffic most of the time due to the large influx of tourists in the city. This kind of situation creates the demand for small, agile, fast vehicles that can help people mobilize easily. In Indonesia, motorcycles easily fit all those needs and that is precisely why foreign tourists like to rent motorcycles in Bali?

Who Will be Impacted by the Restriction?

The first one would certainly be the foreign tourists. If this ban is enforced, then they will only be allowed to travel by cars they rent or provided by their travel agents. This could possibly bring significant financial effects because renting cars will be significantly more expensive than motorcycles. Furthermore, those who do not comply with the regulation and still rent motorcycles will be face serious legal measures. 

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The stakeholder that could be even more impacted is the motorcycle rent owners in Bali. They are only starting to bounce back and make profit after the city was practically empty during the heights of the pandemic. The policy caused controversy since it could potentially harm the economy of locals in Bali, especially those who provide a motorcycle rental service. Until the government finalize the policy, it would be better if all tourists comply with the traffic regulations. This will make Bali a safe tourism destination. 

How can Double M help?

Complying with local traffic regulations is one of your responsibilities as foreign visitors. With Double M’s help, you will be able to have all the necessary documents for your visit to Indonesia.