MRASA The Motorcycle Riders Association of South Australia
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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 are about. See the latest website updates
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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

Additional Footpath Parking in Adelaide CBD - 11 May 2017
  The MRASA is pleased to announce the addition of three more footpath parking areas in the Adelaide CBD. There are now 8 dedicated areas for footpath parking for motorcycles and scooters. Please see our Footpath Parking page for more information, links and the ACC media release. We acknowledge the continued support of the Adelaide City Council to the motorcycling community.
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.
2017 SA Road Races & Mallala Ride Days
  The Phoenix Motorcycle Club of SA is Adelaide's Premier Road Racing Club, established in March 1964 with 84 original members. It was then affiliated with the Auto Cycle Union of SA (now Motorcycling South Australia) and in 1978 became an incorporated body. The Phoenix MCC website has significant amount of historical information and some amazing pictures of motorcycles over the years. The club holds race days at Mallala Motorsport Park, as well as the Cafnix Series and the Adelaide 3 Hour Race. Here is a link to the 2017 SA Road Races & Mallala Ride Days in PDF format.
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.
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

MRASA Donate to the Royal Flying Doctor Service - 1 Dec 2016
  The MRASA has donated the proceeds of badge sales from the 2016 Ridden-on Ride to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The cheque was rounded up to an even $1000 and presented to the RFDS at their stunning new Adelaide Airport facility on 1 December 2016. We thank the participants of the Ridden-on Ride for making this possible.

RFDS 2016

MRASA meet with The Hon Peter Malinauskas - 22 April 2016
  On Friday the 22nd April MRASA Representatives Ebi Lux and Phil McClelland met with The Hon Peter Malinauskas MLC, the Minister for Police, Correctional Services, Emergency Services and Road Safety. The MRASA was invited to discuss issues relevant to motorcycling in South Australia. It was a productive meeting and we appreciated the opportunity to explain some of issues being faced by the 170,000 licensed riders in South Australia.

Here is a meeting report. We endeavor to represent issues for all South Australian motorcyclists, let us know if you have any other issues you wish to raise.
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.

returning rider course

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.
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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