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  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.
 
 
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Motorcycle Minimum Age Lifted - 3 March 2021
  Today the SA Government announced the minimum age to get a motorcycle licence has lifted to 18. Exceptions are provided for regional SA residents, or holders of an existing car licence. Below is a statement from Ebi Lux, Road Safety Officer.

The Motorcycle Riders' Association of SA is pleased that after 3 years, the legislation for the motorcycle Graduated Licencing Scheme (GLS) has passed both houses of Parliament. However, we are disappointed our law makers saw fit to discriminate against motorcyclists and raise the minimum age to obtain a learners permit to 18 years of age compared to that for a car learners permit of 16 years. Motorcycle groups had lobbied consistently and loudly to retain parity between cars and motorcycles.

Whilst the GLS is a step forward in attempting to reduce the number of lives lost, we now need to focus on the next part of the process and improve our rider training. For too long we have accepted a process which delivers motorcycle theory and practice in a closed secure environment in an 8 hour time frame. We then expect these inexperienced riders to develop skills on the open road without supervision. Now is the time to review the training process, a promise which was made 2 years ago. We cannot afford to accept unnecessary delays in view of the mounting road toll.
MRASA Protest Run 1979
  Jon Burke has kindly provided us with some footage of a protest run in 1979. Thank you Jon for making this available. Very interesting viewing indeed, a gentle reminder on just how things have changed. The link will take you to the Vimeo website, where you can click play to see the video.
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.

  • 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.
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.

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 protective clothing.

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 Archives
  Here are the links to archived articles on the MRASA website.
These have been indexed by the year of posting.

2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
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.
Accident Scene
  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.

Helmet Sticker

Meetings
  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

lane filtering

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
Interesting Links
  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.
 


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