Welcome to the site of the Motorcycle Riders' Association of South Australia.
The MRASA is the recognised voice for motorcycling with the Government.
Please visit our about page for
more information on what the MRASA is about.
Proposed changes to the GLS - 12 November 2020
2017 saw a spike in motorcyclist deaths on South Australian Roads. The Labor Government sought to revise
the existing graduated licencing scheme (GLS) as a mechanism to reduce the numbers. Motorcycling advocacy
groups were consulted, and a resolution was devised to adopt many recommendations in a CASR report that
had already been tabled. No action was taken for all of 2018, which could be attributed to a change in
Government. Minister Wingard met with the MRA in early 2019 to discuss the plans on the GLS changes.
Draft legislation changes were well underway at that time. |
Due to a lack of action, the MRA met with the shadow minister and a private member's bill was tabled in
Parliament mid-2019. This also failed to cause minister Wingard to introduce the new legislation to Parliament.
Following the death of a 19-year-old rider in November 2019 the Government again announced proposed legislation
changes, but to no avail.
Moving forward another 12 months and on 12 November 2020 Road Safety Minister Vincent Tarzia announced he
would be introducing a bill of proposed new laws. This comes 3 years after the 2017 statistics were spiralling
out of control. We will wait to see how the bill progresses, and if these new measures will have any impact on
fatalities and serious injuries. Here is a summary of the proposed changes to the GLS.
Restrictions on age, towing, transmission type, alcohol and time of day have been introduced or tightened.
Of particular note is the lifting of the minimum age to 18, which falls in line with Victorian legislation,
and makes SA equal highest in minimum age to have a motorcycle licence. The MRA does NOT support this change.
Raising the minimum age has been introduced in other jurisdictions and has not been shown to reduce the number
of motorcyclist fatalities. A 2019 survey on increasing the minimum age in SA revealed only 36% support from
both the public and the riding community.
- RAISING the minimum age for a learner's permit from 16 to 18 (16 if living in regional SA and travelling for
education, work or sport, and 17 if holding a provisional car licence).
- BANNING passengers, vehicle towing and riding between midnight and 5am unless exempt, regardless of holding
any other licence, while on a learner's permit.
- INCREASING the minimum age for an R-date licence - the equivalent of a provisional licence - from 17 to 19
while ensuring a learner's permit is held for at least 12 months.
- PROHIBITING alcohol, irrespective of holding any other licence, while on an R-date licence.
- RESTRICTING riders who tested on automatic transmission motorcycles to those bikes only.
The MRA would like to see the rider training system overhauled, with a view to creating a new generation of
riders who are less prone to risk taking and have better knowledge of riding principles and skills. We would
like the Government to support MotoCAP and actively promote riders to make better choices with regards to
The MRA has been actively involved in road safety in South Australia. Our involvement and submissions to the
Road Safety Strategy to 2031 and Infrastructure SA (2019) clearly define mechanisms and strategies that will
assist in road safety and hopefully reduce fatalities and serious injuries in our state.
Here is the related article written by Road Safety Officer Ebi Lux in
response to Minister Tarzia's proposal.
This will be published in the December Centrestand magazine.
MRASA Adelaide Toy Run 2020
The MRASA is pleased to announce that the Annual TOY RUN will be held on Sunday December 13th 2020.
Here is our Toy Run Media Release.|
★ Due to SA Health's Covid-19 restrictions there will be:
★ Victoria Park will be open to collect toys and other donations (non-perishable food for hampers
and cash donations for the Vinnies) from 8am and 12 noon.
- NO mass gathering at Victoria Park,
- NO mass ride up to Callington and also
- NO fair at the Callington Oval.
★ All riders are invited to come to Victoria Park on the day for a Drop and Go, and then go for a ride with your mates.
To comply with requirements Covid Marshals will be present. Collection points will have hand sanitiser available
and we encourage social distancing. If you stop at Victoria Park for longer than 15 minutes, you are required to record
your name and phone number on our Covid-19 register.
★ Coast FM Outside Broadcast unit on site.
We are working on the following:
For more details go to the Toy Run Page.
If you have a question, first check out the Toy Run Frequently Asked Questions page.
If you still have a question, please contact the Toy Run Coordinator.
- Covid-19 Toy Run t-shirts, badges, and a free Covid-19 Toy Run sticker.
- A virtual Show and Shine with a trophy up for grabs.
- Country drop-off points at Vinnies shops.
South Australia's Road Safety Strategy to 2031 - Public Consultation
The Government is developing a new Road Safety Strategy in the hope to reduce lives lost and serious injuries on our roads.
The strategy will guide decisions and investment, with a focus on the safe movement of people throughout the State.
Whether you drive, ride, are a pedestrian or passenger, you have the opportunity to shape the actions needed to
enable us to travel and interact safely on our roads. |
Community consultation is now open. Every road user in South Australia has an opportunity to provide input
by telling the Government what is important to you when it comes to road safety.
As a road safety stakeholder and a member of the road safety working group, the MRASA has attended meetings and
represented riders in the online community consultation sessions. We will be making a written submission. We welcome your
views as members and riders, please contact us via our contacts page and let us know your thoughts.
The consultation closes 5pm Monday 2 November 2020.
If you wish to contribute directly, there is an online survey you can complete
COVID-19 Information - 21 July 2020
We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our core industries of hospitality, tourism,
recreation and sport. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to those who have been adversely impacted during
this difficult time.|
We thank you for your understanding with the decisions we have made regarding our meetings, rallies and ride groups.
Each committee meeting we review the current restrictions and dates for events.
For the latest South Australian information visit the website www.sa.gov.au/covid-19
- We are planning for the 2020 annual Adelaide Toy Run to go ahead in some form. We are planning for the event
to be held in its usual format, but at the same time we have several fall back plans being formulated. All formats
will cater for riders and the general public to still make donations to Vinnies.
- The Great Escape Rally originally scheduled for 22-24 May has been tentatively scheduled for 25-27th September 2020.
We respect that things can quickly change and we will keep you informed of any changes.
- The Adelaide Ridden-on Ride scheduled for 5 April has been postponed to 11 October 2020.
- Official SAMRATS and SAS Rides have resumed and will comply to group restrictions as published by the Government.
We still require all riders abide by social distancing rules and maintain a high level of personal hygiene.
- Meetings of the MRA committee, 4Bs and the Toy Run committee are being held in suitable environments and we
are conforming to any restrictions imposed. The Committee meetings can be attended in person and via zoom.
For health information for South Australians visit the website www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019
The current SAMRATS ride calendar is available, refer to the SAMRATS page for details.
MotoCAP test report review - 08 April 2020
Hopefully you are aware of the MotoCAP website, which the MRASA has been promoting and advocating for many years.
The Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program (MotoCAP) has been established by a consortium of government and
private organisations across Australia and New Zealand, including the Australian Motorcycle Council, of
which the MRASA is an active member. MotoCAP's aim is to empower motorcyclists to choose
the right gear that provides them with the best protection and comfort for their ride. The website allows
riders to view and compare the performance of rider apparel available today.|
There is a fresh look coming to the MotoCAP website after conducting a rider workshop. MotoCAP would also like
to update the test report to go with this new look. Each product review includes a five-page test report that
provides all the test results used to put together the ratings on the website. The current format was developed
by Dr Christopher Hurren and Dr Liz de Rome and whilst it contains pertinent information it may not always be
in a format that is easily digestible by riders. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to have your say on
how and what gets published on these reports. Please provide your feedback.
Here is a link to the
(Alpinestars SPX Airflow Jacket) showing the current layout of a report.
What would you like changed, added or enhanced to help you make an informed decision on what garment will be
best for you? Chris is specifically after recommendations on the content and formats but is open to any feedback.
Please send your comments and feedback directly to Chris Hurren at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrive
no later than the 17th April 2020. You can use a pen to mark-up the original document by hand, or digitally
using a PDF mark-up tool, and attach these to the email.
Minister Wingard Proposing GLS changes - 18 Jan 2020
Today Minister Wingard announced a new Bill to be drafted by the State Government. The Minister said the proposal
was designed to increase the maturity and road experience of potential riders before they even get on their bikes.
The proposed changes include increasing the minimum age for qualifying for a motorbike licence to be 18 years old.
A midnight to 5am curfew is also proposed for learner riders under 25 years old. Regional riders can apply for
exemptions under specific circumstances. During our meetings with the Minister in early 2019 we were able to confirm
the Minister was acutely aware of the issues raising the minimum age would bring to regional areas. He was carefully
considering his revised GLS and looking at ways to make this fairer for farmers and their families.|
This is not the first time Minister Wingard has threatened to increase the age limit of applying for a motorcycle
licence. The previous suggestion on the 18th April 2019 was to require 12 months on a car licence before being able to apply for a
motorcycle licence. This was quickly dismissed as the QLD model that included this was not showing a reduction
in fatalities. This suggestion triggered an interview on 5AA where Minister Wingard did acknowledge there was a
need for improved training which had not yet been delivered.
While a significant number of the motorcyclist fatalities in 2017 were of under 25 year olds, recently
the age of motorcycle fatalities feature predominantly in the higher age brackets, and were not learner or
returning riders. This may be the reason the Minister has not announced GLS changes in the last 12 months.
On 9 November 2019 a 16 year old rider died after losing control of his motorcycle in Adelaide's north, and
may have contributed to his decision to propose legislation changes.
The MRASA has been advocating for better training and education for a long time, and so far this has fallen on deaf ears.
At the ONLY Motorcycle Reference Group meeting for 2019 the general consensus from the motorcycling community was
to review and reform the licencing and training aspect for learner and returning riders. Since then there has been little action or
public consultation hence it is no wonder leaders in the motorcycling community are feeling their expertise is ignored.
Mr Lee Odenwalder MP introduced a private members bill into Parliament mid-2019 which outlined many key areas
to improve the licencing, learning and training for motorcyclists in South Australia. The bill targeted safer
riders and better attitudes to motorcycling. The Government has failed to act on this to date.
The MRASA do not support increasing the minimum age to 18. This has been the case in Victoria for some time now,
and it certainly feels like the Minister is 'following suit'. This change is simple to implement for the Government
and penalises riders rather than providing improved training and support. Riders starting at 18 may have existing
on-road experience in a car, giving them a dangerous level of confidence. Over confidence often contributes to accidents.
The MRASA would like to see parity for car and motorcycle learners.
The minister wants to increase the maturity and road experience. Increasing the age is not the answer. The statistics
in QLD and Victoria show this does not work. Effective maturity comes with training and education, radically improved
peer support and a change in attitudes to riding. Empower learners with ongoing learning and access to resources
to keep good riding attitudes top of mind for every ride.
Here are the links to archived articles on the MRASA website. |
These have been indexed by the year of posting.
MRASA Achievements and Projects
The MRASA achievements and projects listing is in a prelimary state of delivery.
We look forward to your feedback on the contents of this page.
ICE - your emergency contacts in your phone
In Case of Emergency (ICE) is a program that enables first responders such as paramedics, firefighters,
and police officers, as well as hospital personnel to contact the next of kin of the owner of a working
mobile phone to obtain important medical or support information. The phone entry or entries are intended
to supplement or complement written information in a wallet or on a marked bracelet or necklace.|
To learn more about the ICE and other methods of access to emergency contacts please view our
In Case of Emergency page.
If a motorcyclist is involved in a crash, in most cases it is best to leave their
helmet on as it provides support to the head and neck. Only remove the helmet if
the casualty is unconscious, is vomiting, has severe head injuries and/or bleeding.
Removing a helmet needs to be done by a trained person.|
First responders will almost always think it is important to remove the helmet.
To help inform first responders NOT to remove your helmet, you can affix a sticker.
The MRASA produced a run of these stickers over a decade ago, and they were all distributed.
These stickers are also currently available from FAFM, and one is provided as part of attending their first aid course.
The MRASA has decided this should be available to all South Australian motorcyclists, so at the 2016
Toy Run the MRASA will be handing out FREE helmet stickers.
Be sure to get yours if you want one. An MRASA initiative for the safety of all motorcyclists.
We welcome all interested people to attend our General Meetings. See the Meetings page for
more details. MRASA Committee & General Meetings are held at the hall of Motorcycling South Australia, 251 The Parade Beulah Park.
Lane Filtering reminder...
Reminder - Lane Filtering has been legal in South Australia since 15 April 2017|
South Australian law addressing lane filtering specifically states:
- speed limited to 30kph
- cannot use bicycle, bus or tram lanes
- no passing between vehicles and kerb
- no filtering at roundabouts
- not in school zones during school hours
- only for riders on a full licence
We have posted a few new items on the Links page, including a link to the LAMS approved motorcycle list,
and a link to the World Health Organization global road safety report 2013. Use the About menu above or
access the Links page here.
Motorcycling Fact Sheet - Roadworthiness
We are providing a copy of the Motorcycling Fact Sheet as
published by the DPTI for the benefit of members and the motorcycling public.
Our aim is to publicise a readily available document in the interests of ensuring our
members understand the minimum requirements for their bike to be roadworthy. If by following the
guidelines a member finds their bike needs work, the potential saving is about $500 ($350 fine for
riding an unroadworthy vehicle and at least $150 fee for the inspection to certify the defect has
been fixed) and then there is the demerit points and possible time off work to attend the assessment
to be considered as well.