|General Motorcycling News|
|Motorcycle ABS - 07 October 2015|
The Commonwealth Government and VicRoads released research into the benefits of Motorcycle ABS.
As foreshadowed at the Vehicle Safety Research Group, the report highlights the impressive ability
of motorcycle ABS to prevent road trauma in the motorcycling community. This is the first time that
the real-world performance of motorcycle ABS has been validated in the Australian road environment.
More information can be found in the links below.|
Media release from The Hon Paul Fletcher MP - Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects.
Vic Roads article on Motorcycle ABS.
Monash University Accident Research Centre Report.
|Fox Creek Road Intersection - 05 July 2015|
Recently DPTI has painted chevrons on the Lobethal - Cudlee Creek Rd from both
directions leading up to the Fox Creek Rd intersection. This site is a known black spot at
which numerous collisions have occurred due to lack of visibility. The road markings are
designed to alert traffic in a controlled manner of the potential hazard. DPTI will closely
monitor driver behaviour at this point for the next 3 months to determine the effectiveness
of this initiative. This is part of the ongoing Adelaide Hills road safety initiative
sponsored by DPTI with input and support from MRASA.
Mr Ebi Lux, Road Safety Officer, MRASA
5 July 2015 - Fox Creek Road intersection
5 July 2015 - Fox Creek Road intersection
|Anti-Skid Surface on Steel Road Plates - 22 April 2015|
MRA Road Safety Officer Mr Ebi Lux raised the subject of steel plates at the MRG meeting
just this week (see article below). Since then we have researched the issue and found
In January 2013 the MRASA received a letter from the Road Safety Minister Jennifer Rankine. It was personally addressed to our Road Safety Officer (at the time) Mr Neville Gray on the subject of Steel Plates covering roadworks. The minister outlines amendments to the Specification for the Excavation and Reinstatement of Existing Road Pavements. If you are interested, please read the letter.
The letter outlined that steel plates require an approved anti-skid coating to contribute to safer roads for motorcyclists. The MRA feel this requirement is still being overlooked and we again need to apply pressure to the Government to have this enforced. Do you know of a location where a steel plate is being used without an approved coating? If so, please let us know via Email, via our facebook page or ring 1800 018 313 to report the road hazard.
11 May 2015 - Prospect Rd, Kilburn (intersection near Cromwell Rd)
25 April 2015 - Gorge Rd, Campbelltown (between Lower Northeast Road and Newton Road)
23 September 2015 - Cnr Hawker St and Coglin St, Brompton
|Timed Motorcycle Parking in Adelaide CBD - 21 April 2015|
A recent Email to the MRASA alerted us to changes in motorcycle parking in the CBD.|
"A motion was moved by Councillor Moran at the Adelaide City Council Meeting of 23rd September 2014, On-street Motorcycle Parks [2014/01642] [C], and subsequently passed.
This motion was for the administration to prepare a report on the feasibility of on street motorcycle parks (all of which are currently not time limited) having time limits applied. It is apparent, from the fact that two motorcycle parking areas in Franklin Street and one in Morney Street are now time limited, that this has now been implemented."
Update 15 September 2015
There is currently 1078 motorcycle parking spaces available in the Adelaide CBD, of which 36 are timed spaces. Timed parking applies to the locations listed below (addresses approximate). The MRASA are lobbying to have more definitive marking to help riders identify which spaces have timed parking. Here is a motorcycle parking map in PDF format published by the Adelaide City Council.
|2015 ACMC&A Conference Slams Appalling Laws - 01 April 2015|
The 4th Australian Christian Motorcycle Clubs and Associations Conference met on the weekend in
Brisbane in the wake of the controversial anti-rights laws enacted by the former LNP Government.|
Held since 2006 around Australia, the 2015 Conference aimed to assist the growing number of Christian motorcycle clubs and associations express their Christian faith within the motorcycle culture in a way that is respectful of those who ride and their motorcycle lifestyle.
It also aimed to develop a Christian response to the growing trend of governments in Australia to punish riders' associations rather than behaviour. 'Christian motorcyclists, along with most clear thinking people, are appalled at these anti friendship laws and the negative impact they can have on our community.' said Conference Spokesman Greg Pendlebury from Brotherhood CMC.
The Conference released the attached statement in response to anti-association laws in various states.
|Australian Helmet Laws - 29 March 2015|
The MRASA has been campaigning for over 30 years to have helmet laws in this country revised.
The MRASA has made many submissions to authorities over the years, and is a long time supporter
of the efforts of the Australian Motorcycle Council (AMC) in their efforts to achieve this at
a national level, in a fashion that will inherently be effective in all states and territories
of Australia. |
Here is a paper presented to the ACCC in September 2013 on the issues together with our recommendations. There are also a number of helmet related articles that have been published in the Centrestand magazine, which are also available from the MRASA website. The March 2013 issue of Centrestand (pages 13-15) outlined the situation with helmets in 2013, read an extract here.
|Footpath Parking in Adelaide CBD - 04 March 2015|
The MRASA supports Adelaide City Council and Councillor David Slama in their proposal for limited
footpath parking in the Adelaide CBD. Councillor David Slama discussed the proposal with the MRASA
following the recent Council elections. The MRASA welcomes the input from a Councillor (who is a rider)
to these motorcycle specific issues. There is a strong demand for the existing parking places for
motorcycles and an increase is needed to cater to our growing numbers.
Mr Phil McClelland, President MRASARead the Adelaide Now article on scooters and motorbikes on Adelaide Footpaths.
|Dutch Report - Motorcyclists ride safer after training - 08 December 2014|
A report has been released by the Dutch in support of the idea that motorcyclists ride safer after training.|
Motorcyclists are vulnerable in traffic. A popular measure to reduce crash risk is motorcycle training. However, there is little evidence for the effectiveness of training. SWOV therefore evaluated the 'Risk' advanced training course of the Royal Dutch Motorcyclists Association (KNMV). This one day course teaches motorcyclists to recognise, analyse, and anticipate potential traffic hazards. Results from the two-year evaluation indicate that the 'Risk' training has a positive effect on safe riding behaviour and hazard perception of motorcyclists in the short term.
Please read the full report (4Mb PDF).
|New GLS in Victoria commences 1 October 2014|
Victoria is introducing the first stage of their new motorcycle graduated licensing system effective 1 October 2014.
There are some major changes affecting the process of getting your motorcycle license and the
conditions you are under as an L or P plater. The MRA hope this will have a positive affect in
reducing motorcycle accidents and injuries.|
The GLS is a staged implementation, Stage 2 will be introduced in late 2015. Anyone issued with a motorcycle learner permit or licence on or after 1 October 2014 will be subject to the new conditions. A person issued with a learner permit prior to 1 October and subsequently issued with a licence on or after 1 October will be subject to the new conditions.
Any person converting an interstate or overseas motorcycle licence who has not held a motorcycle licence for 3 years will be subject to a pro-rata restricted period after the commencement date. For all the relevant information, see the Vicroads website.
|Speedos and Noise Emissions - 30 September 2014|
The MRA has created two new pages containing information relevant to motorcyclists and the
motoring public. The first is an article on Speedometers (released a couple months ago) and
outlines the current laws and Australian Design Rules relating to speedometers. This is interesting
reading especially in our current situation with so many speed cameras on our roads.|
The second article is on noise emissions, focussing specifically on motorcycles. The article outlines the ADRs and provides general information on the allowable noise emissions allowed from your motorbike. Due to the complex nature of noise emissions, the link will take you to an abbreviated article, which then links on to the full article.
Links to Speedometers and the Noise Emissions page are also available on the menu above, under General Info.
|South Eastern Freeway, Stirling to the Tollgate - 08 September 2014|
The MRA would like to announce its position on the speed limit reduction applied to the
down-track of the South Eastern Freeway effective 1st September 2014. The speed reduction
was introduced after the recent horrific crash and loss of life from an out-of-control
truck descending the hill.|
We urge the Government to address the issue of faulty vehicles and inadequate driver training. We suggest the fees be abolished for vehicles using the arrester beds, and the introduction of an additional roadside mechanism or escape path near the lower end to arrest the descent of an out-of-control vehicle.
Whilst the MRA do not support reduction of speed limits to address other issues, we support the reduced speed in this instance as it moderates to a degree the speed differential between the slow and fast moving vehicles sharing the same segment of road. It also makes the speed limit from the top to the bottom consistent all the way.
|Peter Mount's efforts recognised - 5 September 2014|
The MRASA officially recognised the years of work and efforts of Peter Mount at a
dinner and presentation held on the 5th September 2014. Peter has been dedicated
and persistent for over 30 years representing rights of riders and attending to
political and safety aspects of motorcycling in Australia. His experience and knowledge
will be sorely missed.|
|25km/h Emergency Services speed limit - 1 September 2014|
New laws that require road users to travel at 25 km/h past emergency roadside
incidents will come into effect on 1 September 2014. The emergency service speed
zone will help protect frontline workers and volunteers from the CFS, MFS, SES,
Police and SA Ambulance while they carry out vital emergency work. |
When you see a stationary emergency vehicle with red or blue flashing lights, you must slow down to at most 25km/h. Prior to 1 September the limit is 40km/h. Ignorance of a road rule is not an excuse. See more at the mylicense website
|Exclusive Invitation to MRA members - 30 August 2014|
Crime Stoppers is about to launch a new strategy to address vehicle theft, and are
extending an exclusive invitation to the MRA members to participate. This is a unique opportunity to be
one of the first selected to be a part of this exciting new campaign. Members will receive an email in
the next day or so with details on how to register.|
25 September 2014 - Crime Stoppers have completed their beta trial, and are reviewing our comments. We look forward to the official release of the app.
|August 2014 - Corporate Membership with ACRS
MRASA is proud to be a corporate member of the Australian College of Road Safety.
|New Licensing Rules for P platers - 28 July 2014|
New rules come into effect on 28th July 2014 which are designed to address the issue of young drivers
being over-represented in road crashes, much more than older age groups. The new rules include restricting
late-night driving and the number of peer-aged passengers. There are also changes for L plate drivers. |
To read more visit the mylicence home page or their new rules page.
|Adelaide Hills Speed Limit Review - 18 July 2014|
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) are hosting a series of workshops
throughout July and August to discuss speed limits and speed limit reductions within the Adelaide
Hills Council area. The objective of the speed limit review is to:|
a) implement speed limits that are consistent and make sense to the community; and
b) improve road safety in the Adelaide Hills for all road users.
The MRA is representing the interests of the motorcycle riding community and have committed to attend every workshop to present the views of motorcyclists.
02 December 2014 - DPTI have released the community engagement outcomes report, which provides a summary of the themes and options raised in the community workshops. This report (63 pages) can be found at http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/AHCspeedreview and also from the MRA website.
In January 2015, the department shall present a proposal for both Onkaparinga Road and Greenhill Road that incorporates the recommendations included within the Community Engagement Outcomes Report. The department will then host two Community Feedback Sessions in February 2015 to enable you provide further feedback on the department's proposed option. The MRA look forward to attending these sessions on the behalf of the motorcycle riding community.
|Cannabis and Alcohol in road crashes - July 2014|
MRASA vice president Ebi Lux attended the ACRS AGM (SA Chapter) in June. Following the AGM a presentation
was given by Dr Matthew Baldock from CASR on the topic 'Cannabis and Alcohol' in road crashes. Dr Baldock's
investigations support world wide analysis which clearly show the correlation between driving impairment and
consumption of alcohol and cannabis and/or other drugs. Dr Baldock noted that cannabis consumption by itself
did not show any increased risk of drivers being involved in a road crash.|
Current laws especially in Victoria, do not distinguish between a single type of drug or a mixture of drugs and alcohol. Harsh penalties apply as soon as any or combination of drugs are detected, a true zero tolerance. "Whilst I do not condone driving (or riding) whilst impaired, or the consumption of illicit drugs, I also do not support the concept of applying heavy penalties on the consumption of a substance which has been proven to have no impact upon increased road crashes."
Mr Ebi Lux, Vice President MRASA
|Mid North Register - 22 March 2014|
The Mid North Register had its inception on 22 March 1984. Congratulations to the long serving members
of the committee for 30 years of service to the motorcycling community.
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|January 2014 - Call to introduce new licence conditions for scooter riders
The Adelaide Now website published an article on 4th January 2014 on a call to introduce new license conditions for scooter riders. Should scooter riders undertake a mandatory safety training course and be licensed in a similar way to other motorcyclists?
Read more in the online article.
|18 December 2013 - Go-Pro on your helmet
A motorcycle rider was pulled over by Police on Bourke Road Camberwell Melbourne on 12th December 2013. He was booked for having a GoPro mounted on his helmet. You can see the footage on youtube which includes police comments. Guy Stanford, the Chairman of the AMC Helmet Subcommittee has made the following statement.
"This Go-Pro stuff is myth, misunderstanding and poor policing. Think of it this way, there's no ADR for roof-racks. Carrying a load on a car roof using roof-racks may affect safety in vehicle roll-over, or pedestrian collision. The ADR system does not recognise a roof-rack, hence it is non-compliant with any ADR. Same as Go-Pro on a helmet, or a clip-on Bluetooth communicator. The car passes though the ADR system, the customer adds a roof-rack. Helmets pass through the Standards compliance process, the customer adds the Go-Pro, etc."
"No law has been broken. The copper who booked a bloke in Victoria is mistaken and the ticket can be successfully fought. A vehicle driver may be booked for an 'unsecured load', but not for simply using a roof rack to carry a load. Whether it is a part of caution to not attach a Go-Pro is a completely separate issue, like wearing good boots or thongs."
South Australian Police were asked by Mr Phil Creer of the MRASA via Facebook to clarify what law had been broken. SAPOL responded with the following.
"There is no reference in the Australian Road Rules. The information you are searching for is found via the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission website. The ACCC regulates Australian product standards." Please make reference to "Consumer Protection Notice No.9 of 1990 which outlines the mandatory requirements for motorcycle helmets."
Guy Stanford interprets this response as "there is no offence. Besides which, the SA road rule for helmets is impossible to comply with anyway, due to impossible requirements for stickers."
|November 2013 - 2013 Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) Conference
The 2013 Australasian College of Road Safety Conference will be held in Adelaide at the National Wine Centre of Australia on Thursday & Friday, 7-8 November 2013 with a welcome reception on the evening of Wednesday 6 November.
The College extends an invitation to all colleagues and networks interested in saving lives and injuries on our roads, and promoting best outcomes for the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020. More details are available on our Road Safety page. If you are interested in submitting a paper, attending or want more information, please visit the ACRS Conference web page.
|31 October 2013 - Meeting with Ministers in Brisbane - Ms Eva Cripps (AMC)
Eva Cripps representing the AMC attended a meeting in Brisbane with Police and Ministers on Police harassment. Here is her report.
"On Thursday, 31 October 2013, Ms Eva Cripps represented the Australian Motorcycle Council at a meeting in Brisbane with the Police Minister, Jack Dempsey, senior representatives of the Queensland Police Service and other recreational rider groups. The meeting gave recreational riders the opportunity to bring to the Minister's attention the disconnect between government rhetoric and the reality for riders being stopped and harassed by police. Recreational rider representatives detailed numerous reports that had been received from riders stating that they had been subject to police harassment in the form of unnecessary stop, searches and questioning.
The Australian Motorcycle Council viewed the meeting as a positive step in building relationships with the Police, however while the Minister agreed that police officers needed educating on how to identify recreational riders, he said that police would continue to stop and question motorcyclists to enable police to gather intelligence on criminal activity. Senior police suggested that riders could protect themselves from police harassment, by notifying the police before commencing a group ride, however the AMC rejects this suggestion. "A motorcycle is a legal form of transport", said Ms Cripps, "It is unacceptable that riders should have to report to police first, to protect themselves from police harassment while riding with their friends."
Minister Dempsey agreed that the quality of interaction between police and motorcyclists could be improved, and lines of communication needed to be kept open between recreational riders and the police. The Australian Motorcycle Council supports reasonable law enforcement and supports ongoing conversations, however it will not support anti-motorcycling propaganda disguised as a law and order campaign."
Ms Eva Cripps (AMC)
|16 October 2013 - Queensland adopts new bikie legislation
Queensland has passed three new/updated bills in parliament that are being actively discussed by groups and in the media. The three new bills are:
- Criminal Law (Criminal Organisations Disruption) Amendment Bill 2013.
- Tattoo Parlours Bill 2013.
- Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill 2013.
The President of the Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland issued a media release on the 8th October in response to the Queensland Governments proposing the new laws. On the eve before the bill was presented to parliament, MRAQ issued a second media release.
Following a subsequent meeting, Ms Eva Cripps (AMC) has written a meeting report which is available on our news page.
On 8 January 2014 Eva Cripps has published another article on the current state of affairs. You can view the 'Where is the Outrage' article online at the Bikeme website or from the MRASA website as a PDF (republished with permission).
|14 October 2013 - Toy Run Major Sponsor
The Motor Accident Commission has come on board as the major sponsor of the 2013 MRASA Toy Run.
|October 2013 - Toll Roads in South Australia
Talkback radio has implied that toll roads are on the agenda for SA. Let's get something straight. The State Labor Government opposes toll roads. Interstate experience shows toll roads are hated by motorists and they don't work. When submitting projects to the Federal Government for funding, the Department of Transport has to include any possible revenue source including tolls. But as a State Labor Government, our policy is crystal clear - Not Tolls in SA.
Alan Sibbons MP
|October 2013 - Alan Sibbons MP Newsletter
The following article appeared in a recent newsletter published by Alan Sibbons MP.
In some good news for South Australia's motorcycle riders, mounted GPS devices will soon be legal to use on motorcycles in this state. GPS devices are legal to use if correctly mounted in cars across Australia and on motorcycles in other states but currently cannot be used on motorbikes in SA.
Alan recently learnt of this anomaly in the SA road laws from local resident Phil Creer, who is also Coordinator of the SA Scooter Club and SAS Maxi-scooter, and a Committee Member and Forum Administrator of the Motorcycle Riders Association of SA.
Phil had found out that mounted GPS devices are illegal in SA while chatting to a police officer while stopped at a road block. Alan took Phil's concern to the Acting Minister for Road Safety and Attorney General John Rau. Mr Rau recently informed Alan that the State Government had endorsed the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Transport and Infrastructure and that the amendments to the relevant road rule should be in place by the end of this year.
Phil invited Alan to meet with the members of the SA Scooter Club as they prepared to take off on a 160km cruise they call the 3 Dams Ride, taking in the Clarendon Weir, Mt Bold Reservoir and Myponga Dam (picture below). Anyone interested in joining the SA Scooter Club can visit the MRASA website at www.mrasa.asn.au
Alan Sibbons MP
|3 May 2013 - 4Bs Donation to the Hampstead Centre
The 4Bs had a handover to the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre on the 3rd of May 2013 donating many dvds to start their library. Many thanks to all those who donated, and we look forward to receiving many more.
|21 April 2013 - EFT payment method now available for Member Renewals
The MRASA are pleased to announce that membership renewals can now be paid via EFT. The EFT payment option is available on the method of payment item on the renewals page. Please note that this is not available for new memberships, which must be approved by the committee before payment is actioned. EFT payment details will be available once you have filled in the form and submitted it.
|20 April 2013 - Subscription to Email lists
The MRASA can accept your subscriptions to both the SAMRATS and/or Scooters email lists directly from our website. There is a link on the home page in the quick links section to access the multipurpose subscription page. Added security is built into the page, using a capture input, read the details on the subscription page for assistance.
|28 May 2012 - 4Bs Donation to the RAH
The three hundred movies collected from the riding and businesses communities will be added to the DVD Library we established in the RAH Orthopaedic wards. To watch these movies, the 4Bs' purchased six DVD players with the profits from a Ridden-On Ride and a seventh player was donated.
|27 May 2012 - Online Survey
MRASA members and the general public are invited to participate in our online survey regarding the proposed Motorcycle Safety Levy. We have published a comprehensive document on the subject outlining the facts and relevant information. Please note, the survey was closed on 11th December 2012, stay tuned for the results.
|10 Apr 2012 - 2012 Bay to Birdwood Run
The MRA are pleased to announce motorcyclists will get a discount on their entry fee for the 2012 Bay to Birdwood Run.
|17 Mar 2012 - Members Only Area
The MRA are pleased to announce a members only area of the website. Launched on 17th March 2012 this area provides additional content and material only available to financial members. You will use your name and membership number to login to this area. More details available on the login page. A link to the members only area is available on the menu above.
|12 Dec 2011 - 2011 Toy Run a Success
MRA thanks all the motorcyclists who participated in this year's Toy Run to make it such a successful event. All feedback so far indicates that the venue changes were very popular, starting at the Clipsal Track at Victoria Park, the route, the ride length and our new destination of Callington Oval. On this basis, we plan to continue using these venues for subsequent Toy Runs.
|9 Dec 2011 - Vale Jock
Our mate Jock Rogan passed away in the early hours of Friday, 9 December 2011 . He had been in the Intensive Care Unit of the RAH for the last three months and, just yesterday, was moved to the regular ward as he was so much better. Hence it was a great shock to all of us to learn that he was no longer with us, having ridden on this morning at 4am.
Jock had been a great supporter of the MRASA through his work on the MRA Committee, the SAMRATS and the Toy Run Committee. He was most enthusiastic in his charity work for the MRA through the Ridden-On Ride, the Ride for the Child and the Five Ferries Ride.
He is pictured above in one of his favourite roles which he was unable to take on this year because of his illness. This is how we would like to remember him.
Our heartfelt condolences and best wishes are sent to his wife Sue, his family and his many, many friends. All will provide strong support for each other through this sad period of our lives.