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VIC (From The Age) State's bikers escape fines

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' at netrider.net.au started by Jeronimo, Oct 20, 2011.

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  1. HALF of Victorian motorcyclists caught by speed cameras escape a fine because they cannot be identified, prompting police to call for compulsory front identification on motorbikes.

    In a policy reversal, it has also recommended that the law be changed to force riders to wear five pieces of high-visibility protective clothing such as a helmet, jacket, pants, gloves and boots.

    The recommendations, contained in the force's submission to the state government's parliamentary inquiry into motorcycle safety, come as motorcycling enjoys a record surge in popularity in Victoria.

    The submission, released under the authority of Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe, said that last year, 49 per cent of all motorcycles caught speeding through fixed and mobile cameras could not be identified.

    This meant about 10,800 riders escaped fines.

    The report said this compared with about 6 per cent of cars that went unidentified.

    For fixed cameras alone, some of which cannot detect rear number plates, about 60 per cent of motorcyclists escaped fines because no plate could be sighted or because it was obscured.

    The report said a TAC survey found almost three-quarters of riders believed they faced a low to medium risk of being caught speeding.

    ''The identification of all motor vehicles, including motorcycles both from the front and rear, will assist in reductions in speed and speed-related road trauma,'' the report said.

    There were about 157,000 registered Victorian motorcycles last year, a rise of 45 per cent in six years. The rise was fuelled by road congestion and fuel prices but had seen 34 riders among the 218 people killed on Victorian roads this year despite motorcycles accounting for just 4 per cent of vehicles.

    Last year, then Deputy Commissioner Ken Lay said while riders should be encouraged to wear protective clothing, he did not support a call from a top emergency physician to make it compulsory because the force ''could not legislate away all risk''.

    But this stance has changed, with police saying the law should be amended from forcing riders to wear just helmets to wearing a range of safety gear.

    ''Our intelligence continues to show that a lack of protective clothing continues to be a key factor in road trauma involving motorcycles,'' the submission said.

    ''While in the past we have maintained a strong push in encouraging riders to always wear full safety gear, we have now taken the next step and asked that consideration be given to the mandatory wearing of protective clothing and a national standard for this equipment.''

    But Victorian Motorcycle Council chairman Peter Baulch said police had not provided any evidence-based research that changing the law around clothing would improve safety.

    He said speed camera figures did not comply with internationally accepted research norms such as peer review and that makers did not support front plates because they affected performance.

    A spokeswoman for Transport Minister Terry Mulder said he could not comment before the report was tabled in Parliament next June.

  2. Yeah, I noticed that just after I posted it. I even did a search first, but for some reason it didn't show up in the results. Then I couldn't find how to delete it....
  3. No probs. The more eagle eyed NR's bringing this sort of stuff to rider attention the better.
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