Today I went for a 40 minute ride. Took it very easy. Nice with the sun out. Saying that, I came across so many cases of comedic incompetence from other road users. I' have to say that almost every time I either ride or drive I come across the most dumb "is this really happening, really, that stupid" moments from other road users. Even fellow motorcyclists. This is not a rant BTW. I also make mistakes and have done many a dumb thing in the past. Two moments stood out today. (skip these if you want to save yourself from the lameness I came across). 1st, I parked my bike to grab something for work and then enjoyed a coffee in the cafe next door, right where my bike was parked. A nice lady in her 30's attempted to parallel park in a spot behind my bike. The spot was twice the size of her car. Still she could not manage it, the front of her car getting closer and closer to my fairing with each back and forth attempt. I had to step in, being friendly about protecting my bike. She was confused and thought she didn't have any room behind her, in fact she had 3 meters, and asked how much further forward she could go towards the motorcycle… she was 15cm away from my bike! Shocking. I guided her backwards safety away from my bike. 2nd, I pulled up at the lights of a main road that had a road to the left. Filter was green for tun left, red light for straight ahead. Lady in 50's indicates when the green filter to turn left comes on, starts the left turn, makes it about 3 meters, then indicates right and drives forward through the intersection and red light. Luckily no other traffic coming from the side road. Her car is now 10 meters away, she indicates and pulls to the side of the road. Lights turn green, I take off, as I approach her car she pulls back into the middle of the road without warning, right in front of me. Wasn't going too fast, so I just blip the horn to let her know I am behind her. She drives on, 20 meters, indicates to pull over and does, and then pulls out on me again. She then takes a left side street without indicating, which I have to take too, but I indicate. Then once we are in the side street, she slams on her brakes and hooks right to do a U-Turn. I'm out of there. Ultimately, what I wonder, is should it be mandatory for car and motorcycle license holders to re-take a theoretical exam every 5 years, and on top of that a practical road test every 10 years? There just seems to be a severe lack of competency on the roads. I have suggested this in the past to a few people. One said "errr, yeah I can see the point in that". Two others said "oh my god, don't say that, I'd never be able pass my driving test again".! It would be a pain in the backside. We would have to pay for it (maybe traffic fines could go towards this cost). But look at the upside: Possible reduction in minor accidents bringing insurance costs down, Possible reduction of harm to more vulnerable road user like cyclists and motorcyclists, safer for pedestrians. Greater value to road craft and self respect. Just seems to me that no tolerance heavy policing and fines are seen as the answer to road safety, but really is that the full picture. How about checking for competency and knowledge of the current road rules.