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 are about.
Pledge to Drive So Others Survive - 18 April 2019
The 2019 Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week will commence on Monday 6 May 2019 and will
coincide with the United Nations Global Road Safety Week.|
National Road Safety Week provides a great opportunity to raise awareness of road safety and
how everyone can play their part in reducing the number road deaths and serious injuries on
The theme for National Road Safety Week in 2019 will be 'Lead the way - drive so others survive'.
This will be supported by daily themes:
- Monday 6 May: Remember the 1200 people who died on Australian roads last year. Pause to remember at 12pm.
- Tuesday 7 May: Pledge to drive so that you and others survive. Take the pledge.
- Wednesday 8 May: Move over, slow down - keep our emergency services, roadside assist and roadside workers safe. When you see flashing lights, move over and slow down.
- Thursday 9 May: Protecting every life. Drive safely to protect every life.
- Friday 10 May: Shine a light on road safety for regional and remote road users (turn your headlights on for road safety). Protect your mates so everyone gets home safe.
- Saturday 11 May: Share the road and give cyclists and motorcyclists space. Wear yellow when you ride.
- Sunday 12 May: Mother's Day. The greatest gift you can give mum is for everyone to arrive safely.
GLS Media Release - 18 April 2019
Mr Corey Wingard MP announced today the Government is considering introducing new laws to
require having a motor vehicle licence for 12 months before applying for a motorcycle learners permit. The MRASA does not
support this latest proposal. The announcement was covered in an
in the Advertiser newspaper today.|
Mr Wingard advocated that new riders would benefit in already having an exposure through on-road
experience in a car. He mentioned that it follows a recommendation in the CASR report of January 2018. This is not the case.
The CASR report outlines the greatest safety benefit would be from delaying the exposure of new riders, together
with a greater maturation. The report recommends increasing the minimum age for a motorcycle learners permit
to achieve this, and says a minimum tenure with a car licence should not be a requirement when applying for a
motorcycle permit (item 2.3, page 5 of the report).
The ABC ran a segment on the radio today where Mr Wingard MP, Mr Lee Odenwalder MP and Mr Ebi Lux (RSO and VP, MRASA) were
guests and discussed the various aspects of this proposal. The comments from motorcycling advocacy groups and the
impending private members bill from the opposition should send a clear message to the Government, that we do not
agree with lifting the minimum age of a learners permit to 18. In effect, Mr Wingard is proposing a minimum age of
17, reliant on the minimum age for a motor vehicle learners permit staying at 16. But this comes at a cost to the young
riders who have a limited income and
rely on a motorcycle as their only mode of transport for work, study etc. We also should not forget about the
rural and farming community, who need to be considered when introducing an increased minimum age for new riders.
Radio station 5AA also interviewed a number of guests at 10.30am today, including Mr Ebi Lux who re-iterated his earlier comments
on the ABC. Providing quality training and relevant on-road experience to new and existing riders is important.
Riders need to be in the correct mind-space and have the correct attitude for the safety of themselves and other road users.
GLS Discussion on Coast FM - 10 April 2019
Coast FM radio show Motochat goes to air every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 8pm with
discussion of all things motorcycling. The list of guests have included Australian and
International motorcyclists, and many representatives from the SA riding community.|
For the radio show on 10th April, an invitation was extended to both the Minister Corey Wingard MP and the Shadow Minister
for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services Lee Odenwalder MP. Unfortunately
due to other commitments Mr Wingard was be unable to attend on this occasion. Hopefully he
can attend on a future episode.
For those that missed the 10th April broadcast, here is a link to download
as a zipped MP3 file.
GLS Comparison across jurisdictions - 6 April 2019
Here is a comparison of the minimum ages riders can achieve the various levels of a GLS in
Australia and New Zealand. It is difficult to understand why 18 years old has been proposed
by DPTI as the minimum starting age to get a motorcycle licence. No wonder it received
only 36% support from the riding community and the public in the recent survey.|
Proposed GLS - Opposition Media Release - 3 April 2019
As a consequence of the current Government's inaction, the opposition are being proactive
with respect to the recent motorcycle fatalities in South Australia. On Wednesday 3rd April 2019 the Shadow
Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services Lee Odenwalder MP published their
Labor media release.|
In the release, Labor outlines an introduction of motorcyclist protection laws. Changes include raising the minimum
age for gaining a motorcycle learners licence to 17, learners under 25 will have a curfew (subject to exemptions)
and prescribed licence holders to have zero drugs, alcohol and passengers.
Proposed GLS - Public Consultation Report - 4 April 2019
DPTI has published a 20 page document on the outcomes from public consultation on proposed
Graduated Licensing Scheme (GLS) changes. The document provides statistics and commentary
on the feedback given to the Government via the YourSAy survey on the CASR recommendations
for a proposed motorcycle GLS. Responses from members of the Motorcycle Reference Group
(MRG) were included in the survey. A number of recommendations received broad support
while others had mixed support.|
While a number of recommendations formalise simple changes such as no mobile phone use
while riding a motorcycle, the recommendation receiving the most discussion is the raising
of the minimum age to apply for a learners permit in South Australia from 16 to 18 years of age.
The MRA published a response to the GLS recommendations when these were initially raised
in January 2018, which is available on our website together with history behind the
presentation of the proposed GLS changes.
If you want to provide feedback on the proposed GLS changes, please email the webmaster
via our contacts page on the MRA website.
DPTI - Outcomes from Public Consultation
Announcement on the Towards Zero website
CASR Motorcycle GLS Report January 2018
MRASA GLS changes page.
Proposed Changes to the GLS in South Australia - 1 February 2018
The Hon Minister Chris Picton MP called a meeting of the Motorcycle Reference Group in December 2017 for members
to discuss and suggest options to reduce motorcyclist fatalities. Changes to the Graduated Licensing System (GLS)
was just ONE of the measures discussed.|
A GLS is a countermeasure that has been successful in reducing the risk of crashes among novice drivers.
A GLS works by imposing restrictions on novice drivers/riders and
gradually lifting them as the drivers/riders progress through the different phases of the system. In this
way, driving/riding experience is obtained initially in conditions of low risk, with more challenging
conditions only encountered once a driver has reached a particular level of experience and maturity.
The Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) has been researching a revised GLS for quite some time.
CASR presented their research and recommendations for proposed changes to the GLS at the
MRG meeting held on 29 January 2018. The report is titled 'Recommendations for a Graduated Licensing
System for Motorcyclists in South Australia'.
Members then were invited to ask questions and make some initial comments.
The minister has publicised the CASR report and is seeking feedback. A public consultation phase has now
commenced and concluded. More information is available from the
MRASA GLS changes page.
Resale of Helmets - 28 June 2018 (Updated August 2018)
A motorcycle or push-bike helmet is the single most important yet most commonly abused
piece of safety equipment available to riders. We drop them, we perch them on mirrors,
we leave them in the sun and we put stickers on them. In other words we damage both the
outer shell and inner linings. Often we use them after their safe working life has passed,
or fail to wear them correctly In spite of constant mistreatment we expect them to protect
us at all times. Sadly, like our brain, once a helmet is damaged it cannot be repaired.|
The MRASA urges all riders to give their helmet the care and attention it deserves.
Strangely, when mandating riders must wear an approved helmet, our politicians and
bureaucrats failed to consider how we purchase them. Most riders will buy a new helmet
from a dealer and use it until either a newer or more attractive model is available, or
the fit or damage is so bad it must be replaced.
Disturbingly, there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY to tell if a helmet is fit for purpose short
of testing it to destruction. Currently it is illegal to sell used car seat belts.
Like helmets, they too can only be checked for safety by testing to destruction.
At this point we come to the legislative loophole. We can sell our used or damaged
helmets to the unwary or uncaring. Most second hand shops have a range of helmets
for sale, often at very low prices making them very appealing for use as a spare
helmet, or for the occasional rider.
The MRASA discussed the resale of helmets with the RAA. Their opinion, like ours
is that this loophole must be closed as a matter of urgency.
For seat belts, baby capsules, helmets and other primary protection devices, we
accept they are batch tested to ensure compliance to standard at the point of
manufacture. Once sold, the integrity of these items is unknown. We assume
second hand seatbelts have been mistreated and so cannot legally buy used ones.
It is time that we treated helmets and other primary life saving devices in the
same manner. Surely your brain is more important than saving a few dollars by
buying a helmet which may not be fit for purpose. Buyer beware is no longer
It is time for Governments to legislate to protect the unwary from the unscrupulous.
We ask all riders to join the MRASA and lobby the authorities to ban the commercial resale of helmets.
Feedback from the motorcycling community has confirmed our need to allow private resale.
Proposed New SA Laws - Drink and Drug Driving - 15 January 2018
The Hon Minister Chris Picton MP announced via a letter to the MRASA proposed laws that were approved
by the South Australian Parliament on 29th November 2017. This was part of the Statutes Amendment (Drink and Drug Driving) Bill 2017.|
Unlike alcohol-related road fatalities, the number of drivers and riders killed in road crashes who are
testing positive to drugs is not decreasing. Over the last five years (2012-2016), and average of 24
percent of drivers and riders killed on SA roads
tested positive to cannabis, methyl amphetamine or ecstasy or a combination of these drugs.
The MRASA supports higher penalties for road users who do not respect the safety of others. Repeat
offenders with a blatant disregard for their own safety and safety of others must be held accountable.
The new laws aimed at reducing the incidence of drug driving and improving road safety for all road users.
The changes include:
From 22 February 2018
From 8 March 2018
- The roadside drug testing process will be streamlined so that only one screening test rather than two will be undertaken by Police.
From 24 April 2018
- Penalties for a first drug driving offence will increase
- Licence disqualification periods imposed for repeat drug driving offences will increase
- The penalties for refusal or failure to undertake a drug screening test, oral fluid analysis or blood test will increase
More information is available from the towards zero together website.
- A driver detected drug or drink driving (0.08 BAC and above) with a child aged under 16 years in the car must show they are not dependent before being re-licensed
- Drink and drug drivers required to undertake a dependency assessment will have the option to complete a treatment program
- The penalty for driving unlicensed at the end of the disqualification period, if the driver did not show they are not dependent on alcohol and drugs will increase
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
Australian Motorcycle Council backs protective clothing research - 3 October 2017
The Australian Motorcycle Council (AMC) has welcomed a major step forward in plans to
introduce a ratings system for protective clothing. Motorcyclists around Australia and
New Zealand will soon have access to more information about the safety of protective
clothing with the formation of a working group and commencement of a pilot program at
In an historic collaboration, the Australian Motorcycle Council has joined with road
agencies, motoring clubs and other stakeholders from across Australia and New Zealand
to develop a ratings system for the protective clothing worn by riders.
AMC chairman Shaun Lennard commented:
"The Australian Motorcycle Council has backed this plan for eight years and it's great
news that it's now underway. Importantly, the AMC is at the table as a member of the
working group as this ground-breaking project progresses."
With more than 10,500 motorcycle riders admitted to hospital with serious injuries over
the past five years in New South Wales alone, improving the quality of the protective
equipment and clothing could have a significant impact on this trauma. A 12-month pilot
program has started with Deakin University, where some of the clothing currently available
to riders is being tested at its Waurn Ponds campus. Informational links below.
AMC media release
AMC Protective Clothing Position Statement
Article on MCNews
The AMC supports the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.
The MRASA actively supports the activities of the AMC.
MCC of NSW post helmet videos - 18 October 2017
With all the confusion around helmets and helmet laws, MCC of NSW arranged funds from Transport
for NSW to clarify some issues and move discussions away from 'stupid laws' and onto a proper
discussion about helmets. The MCC of NSW have produced the following three videos:|
The videos are available from the MCC of NSW website whom
like the MRASA are a member of the AMC.
- WHICH helmet do I wear in Australia?
- HOW do I fit a helmet?
- WHAT can a helmet do for me?
Before you head out for a ride - 23 September 2017
The MRASA is concerned about the 2017 fatality statistics, and wish to urge riders to take more care.
MRASA Road Safety officer Mr Ebi Lux was quoted by the Advertiser in a
article on motorcycle fatalities regarding some typical pre-ride checks.
This time of year seasonal riders will be dusting off their bikes and getting back out on the road.
The weather is warming up enticing riders to blow out some cobwebs and get some fresh air.
Before you head out, you should go through a few checks to help you enjoy the ride and arrive home alive.
Portions of the information above are attributed to
The Rider's Handbook from mylicence.sa.gov.au
- Make sure the motorcycle is registered, roadworthy and is serviced
- Adjust the controls of the motorcycle to be comfortable. Check the mirrors are clean and adjusted
- Ensure all lights are working, are clean and can be clearly seen
- Check your tyres are in good condition and have tread at least 1.5mm deep. Check the sidewalls of the tyres to be free of cracks or bumps. Ensure the tyres are at the correct pressure for the road surface
- Check the chain (or belt) has the right tension, and is well lubricated
- Check fluids - fuel, coolant, engine oil and brake fluids. Don't forget yourself, be well hydrated, take water for the ride, stop and rest at regular intervals
- Wear protective gear, all the gear, all the time (atgatt). Cover exposed skin. You will need a good helmet (approved of course), purpose made riding gloves, jacket, pants and footwear
- Be in the right headspace, ride defensively and ride to return. Your survival depends on your full concentration on the road. If fatigued or you cannot concentrate fully, don't ride. Allow enough time to make stops, do not be in a rush to get somewhere
- Do not ride if you have had any alcohol or drugs, these can seriously impair your response times, riding abilities and hazard perception
SAPOL publishes safety tips for motorcycle riders - 4 October 2017
After a recent increase in motorcycle deaths on our roads, authorities have teamed up to make an announcement
to the public on motorcycling safety. Also in attendance at the Operation Safe Hills 2017-2018 announcement by
Assistant Commissioner Bronwyn Killmier was Mick Doohan and Matt Hanton, MAC Road Safety Communications Manager.
Other safety announcements were made by Road Safety Minister Chris Picton and the RAA. Below are some tips SAPOL
announced at the announcement.
Link to the announcement of Operation Safe Hills 2017-2018.
- Traffic and road surfaces change quickly. Don't rely on being seen: stay alert, look ahead and check your mirrors to see what's happening around you - don't take risks.
- Always check mirrors and blind spots before changing position on the road.
- Keep to the speed limit and adjust your speed downwards to the prevailing road conditions.
- Always keep a safe following distance: three seconds in normal conditions, six seconds in wet weather or other poor conditions.
- Look out for bumps, pot holes, loose gravel, wet leaves or other problems with road surfaces. Steel road plates, manhole covers and painted lane lines can become slippery in rain.
- Make sure your motorcycle is in good condition. Tyres should be the right pressure and not worn or damaged. Brakes, controls and lights should be checked regularly.
- Mirrors should be checked and adjusted every trip.
- Be seen: the brighter your protective clothing, the easier you are to see. Use reflective stripes or tape on helmets, gloves, jackets; particularly at night or in poor weather.
- Wearing an approved helmet is the law and it could save your life. Always wear the right helmet for your head size; buy the safest you can find for you and your passenger.
Helmet Mounted Cameras - 17 June 2017
The MRASA believes there is no need for South Australian legislation to allow cameras to be
mounted on motorcycle or pushbike helmets. SAPOL, DPTI and MAC have all indicated that helmet
cameras is not an issue in South Australia.|
We wouldn't stand in the way of it, but think there are more pressing things to focus on.
It has been an issue in both Victoria and New South Wales where riders were booked for them.
The AMC (Australian Motorcycle Council) worked with Maurice Blackburn to have a test case in
each state contested. Both riders won in court.
Provided the helmet is not damaged by the mounting of a camera and the mount is designed to
break away, the helmet is fit for use. Camera's can be mounted on helmets but the helmet must
not be damaged in the process. A point that is not well enough understood is; the approved
helmet standard referenced in the road rules is written for the design and manufacture of
the helmet. It is not an in-service standard.
The MRASA is not aware of any South Australian rider being booked for a camera being safely
mounted on a motorcycle helmet. We are more than willing to support a test case if it is needed.
Phil McClelland - President
National Road Rules - April 2017
The MRASA supports national road rules bringing consistency across borders. Each state can introduce
new legislation that often do not conform to the rest of the nation. Lane filtering laws are a prime
example of this, where there are minor differences in each state. It is difficult for every rider to
be across every minor difference when travelling interstate. This is why it is important to have
consistent laws across the nation.|
The MRASA actively support the work of the AMC who are now well positioned to represent all riders
and lobby at a national level to
achieve uniformity. This is a lengthy process and is now gathering momentum, you may have noticed
some activity in the media on this. The National Transport Commission together with the Australian
Road Rules Maintenance Advisory Group are players at the national level.
Lane Filtering Legislation - Effective from 15 April 2017
Minister Malinauskas MLC has announced that lane filtering will be legal in South Australia as from the
15th April 2017. The Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure has launched a video and will be running
an educational campaign to help all road users understand the new laws.|
The Motorcycle Riders' Association welcome the introduction of lane filtering for motorcycles. This is the
culmination of a lot of hard work over many years by many groups and individuals. We thank the minister
for introducing legislation which will improve road safety for motorcycle riders. We now encourage all
road users to understand the changes to the SA Road Rules. Here are some links to the relevant information.
Lane Filtering state matrix - which state allows what
Government News Release from Minister Malinauskas
Government Gazette outlining the new clause 11C
Page from mylicence website containing DPTI video
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 - This could save your life
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.|
The MRASA have recently been made aware of a Council in NSW promoting the use of an information card to
have on your person that can be used by emergency services personnel in the event of an emergency. This
card would ideally be stored in your wallet. If you possess a mobile phone and carry it with you when
motorcycling, the ICE method would fit the same purpose.
To use the ICE method, simply add an entry into your phone contacts. Set the first name to ICE, leave the
surname blank, set the company to be the name of the person and their relationship to you (Mary - Wife).
You can store multiple
ICE entries by giving each a number suffix, i.e. ICE1, ICE2, etc. Emergency services personnel can then
access these entries to find out who to contact in a medical emergency. If you are using an iPhone, you
can simply ask SIRI for your 'ICE contact' and in most cases this will be displayed even without unlocking the phone.
For security purposes, many mobile phone owners now lock their mobiles, requiring a passcode to be entered
in order to access the device. This hinders the ability of first responders to access the ICE phone list entry.
In response to this problem, many device manufacturers have provided a mechanism to specify some text or
an image to be displayed while the mobile is in the locked state. Some devices will let you enter contact
and other information in a 'Medical ID' that can be accessed from the emergency screen of your mobile device.
This method provides additional fields for you to include allergies, medicines and other medical details
that may save your life in the event of an emergency. This information is freely available without requiring
the passcode to be entered. There are plenty of resources on the Internet to guide you through the setup on
your particular device. If you need more information, please Email us via our contacts 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.
Returning Rider Course Announced - 15 September 2015
The MRASA is pleased to inform you the Minister for Road Safety has announced that the Rider Safe Returning
Rider Course will be available from 26 September 2015. The Rider Safe Returning Rider Course is a voluntary
course tailored for motorcycle licence holders who wish to refresh their riding skills. The course will be
conducted primarily at the St Agnes and Murray Bridge Rider Safe training ranges with country courses operating
subject to demand.|
The MRASA has been a strong advocate for this course for many years. We have worked to put this on the
Government agenda for a long time, years of efforts have finally come to fruition.
Motorcycle riders may be at greatest risk of being involved in a crash when they resume riding after an extended
period of not riding, particularly if they are riding a more powerful or different style motorcycle than the one
they used to ride in the past.
Although the number of motorcyclist serious road casualties has shown a downward trend, each year motorcyclists
have become a larger part of serious road casualties - up from 11% in 2005 to 17% in 2014. It is likely that
some of the people seriously injured were returning riders.
The course covers issues such as safe braking and cornering techniques, hazard perception, protective clothing,
vehicle technology such as Antilock Braking Systems and responsibilities regarding carrying a pillion passenger.
The course is conducted over half a day at the department's Rider Safe motorcycle training ranges and costs $116.
Here is a link to the
Minister's news release.
Here is a link for
more information about the about the Rider Safe Returning Rider Course.
MRASA Tips for Riders - 29 July 2014
MAC will be promoting a campaign in early September to coincide with the winter lay-off riders
returning to the road - the 'seasonal riders' whose skills may be rusty or lacking. The MAC asked
our road safety officer Neville Gray to provide '10 top tips' to go on their website and to be
possibly promoted through other media.|
- Look for other road users that are not looking for you. Ride conspicuously and never in blind spots. Never assume that the other vehicle will stop.
- Riders, unlike car drivers with aids such as air bags, collapsible steering columns and the stability of four wheels, only have their hazard perception and avoidance skills and their protective clothing to make them safer.
- Always wear good quality protective clothing from your head to your feet. Protect your extremities with helmet, gloves and leg and arm protection in all weather conditions.
- Most cars can stop quicker than most motorcycles especially in emergency situations. Therefore always keep a 3 second gap to the vehicle in front of you.
- Always perform a head check before changing lanes. Just looking in your mirrors is not good enough.
- It is vital to ride at a speed to suit the prevailing conditions. In bad weather, this could mean at a speed under the posted speed limit.
- Riding under the influence of alcohol and drugs is plain suicidal. You need all of your faculties at a high level to successfully ride a motorcycle.
- Don't forget the safety of your pillion as well as your own. They too need good protective clothing and be informed about the dynamics of a motorcycle and know how to assist by being a good pillion.
- Never lend your motorcycle to riders who are unlicensed or inexperienced.
- Intersections are high risk areas. Slow down when approaching an intersection and be ready to avoid a possible collision.
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.
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.