According to Motorcycle News, Johnson Controls, Ltd has banned employees from using motorcycles during office hours on company business:
Johnson Controls Ltd has banned motorcycles as a form of transport during office hours for employees working across Europe. A spokeswoman said: “Motorcycles must not be used by employees on company business.”
She added: “The policy covers just under 5000 Johnson Controls UK-based employees either working in the UK or Europe, in the building efficiency business.”
A spokeswoman declined to directly answer the question of whether offenders would be disciplined but said: “Any employee who goes against any of our company policies runs the risk of disciplinary action.” She said employees were free to ride bikes in their own time, including to and from work.
The spokeswoman claimed the policy was “for the protection of our people”. She said: “It’s about health and safety.”
If the report is accurate, the “on company business” qualifier is important since many employers have restrictions on what employees may do during business hours. Since employees are still free to ride motorcycles to and from work it may have limited impact unless they attempt to expand the restriction further and use this as a first step.
I’m curious how many employees were actually using motorcycles on company business or if any specific incidents caused the restriction to be put in place. Is there a reason or is it a symbolic gesture of some sort? Do they have other similar restrictions or were motorcycles singled out? Interesting.