Here we go again.... No Cookies | Herald Sun Call to fine Victorian motorcyclists in inappropriate riding gear March 28, 2016 1:03pm IAN ROYALLbHerald Sun No excuses on our roads this Easter MOTORCYCLISTS riding in shorts and thongs should be fined, a bike riders group says. A helmet is the only protective gear motorcyclists are legally required to wear. But the Independent Riders Group’s Damien Codognotto said police should have the power to pull over bikers in inappropriate gear. Since January 1, 24 riders have died on Victoria’s roads. MORE: Alarm at shocking motorcycle toll “We have 100 per cent support for a ban on thongs, because it’s easy to see and it’s easy to enforce,” Mr Codognotto said. But he said confusion over standards for jackets, pants and boots could make any mandated clothing laws virtually unworkable. “If you have a law saying you have to have boots you have to define the boots,” Mr Codognotto said. Confusion over standards for jackets, pants and boots could make new laws for riders unworkable. Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said some riders’ wearing of thongs, T-shirts and shorts was “ridiculous”. “While it’s not legislated yet we should be encouraging everyone to put on the proper boots and jackets. I’d back anything that protects our riders on the road,’’ he said. Mr Fryer also said 42 per cent of injured riders taken to hospital were not wearing proper footwear. “Having the right equipment can be the difference between life and death, and goes a long way to limiting the severity of injuries if you do have a crash,” he said. Recent Transport Accident Commission research found that motorcyclists who shunned proper boots were twice as likely to suffer severe lower-leg injuries in a crash. The TAC’s Samantha Cockfield said the research highlighted the importance of wearing motorcycle boots. “Motorcycle boots are specifically designed to stay on during a crash and provide protection from impacts and abrasion,” Ms Cockfield said. The Victorian Motorcycle Council also urged all bikers to wear good protective jackets, boots, pants and gloves. But the VMC’s spokesman, John Eacott, said that enforcing mandated standards on clothing would be almost impossible. He also said any new rules could discourage interstate riders, which could cost the local tourism industry millions of dollars a year. It is believed the government currently is opting merely to encourage motorcycle riders to do the right thing, in preference to considering penalising those shunning protective gear. Roads Safety Minister Luke Donnellan said the rate of motorcycle crashes so far this year was alarming. The TAC findings were from a survey of 763 Victorian motorcyclists who were injured between 2010 and 2014.