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VIC Herald Sun Road Toll story

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' at netrider.net.au started by Jeffco, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. Victorian motorcyclists angry over reaction to soaring road toll

    MOTORCYCLISTS are growing increasingly angry at road safety authorities’ slow response to the biker carnage on Victorian roads this year.

    A short radio campaign has been the only direct reaction to improve safety and heighten rider and driver awareness.

    A total of 26 riders — all men — have died since January 1. In the whole of last year, 29 bikers were killed.

    Last month, the Herald Sunhighlighted the personal stories of the victims and their families.

    Victorian Motorcycle Council spokesman John Eacott said it was keen to work with the state government and the TAC but more rider awareness advertising was needed.

    “We want a proper campaign urging motorists to look out for bikes. There are many successful campaigns from all around the world they could call on,” he said.

    TAC senior manager of road safety Samantha Cockfield defended the TAC’s response, saying that a safety campaign began in September last year as more riders came out after winter, and claiming it was active on the issue on social media.

    The riders’ outcry comes as they tip $7 million into state government coffers via the motorcycle safety levy.

    Motorcyclists are the sole payers of the $70, on top of their TAC levy and registration.

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  2. Good to see someone is agitating about improving rider awareness.