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MCCofNSW invited to speak to the courts about manly accident

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by Kaer, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. From the Mcc Mailing list.


    Some of you will have taken an interest in the story at the following link


    We have created an opportunity to have the Court understand the issues from the motorcyclists perspective. The Attorney Generals Department has responded to our inquiring after the above matter.

    Clinton (Vice-Chairman) and Guy (Chairman) will attend this on behalf of the MCC of NSW.

    This is a significant opportunity for us all to raise issues of social inequity as well as offering practial help to the Court in understanding attitudes and consequences.

    We have been invited to participate in a pilot programme through "one of the Local Courts" - Conferencing for Young Adult Offenders.

    This involves offenders between the ages of 18 and 24 meeting with the victim or victims of their offence to discuss the incident and the harm that has been caused and to suggest ways that the offender can address that harm. The suggestions are submitted to the Magistrate as part of the sentencing process.

    We have been invited to attend and contribute our knowledge and experience to the conference.

    The facilitator is currently preparing for a conference involving a motor vehicle accident in which a motorcycle was hit by a car. The rider has suffered a brain injury and the magistrate has referred the matter to a conference to allow the offender and the victim to meet each other and talk about what happened.

    I understand that a newspaper reporter has requested attendance under special disclosure conditions (i.e. only the issues raised can be reported, not who, why or when.) We have indicated that we see no problem with that.

    We will report on this after the event.


    Some MCC of NSW Comments

    As I mentioned, motorcycle riders feel they are treated as second class road users. I will explain a few basics with facts in support.

    These two recent articles from the Manly Daily have been discussed heavily by riders:-



    The view of the motorcycle community is that this all too typical example shows an attitude of disregard towards motorcycles.

    In a broader aspect, government policy tends to establish attitudes towards any group within the community.

    Part 2 of our recent submission to the NTC on proposed amendments to the Australian Road Rules carries an Introduction where comments show how part of this attitude is systematically entrenched. (download from box on right of screen) http://www.mccofnsw.org.au/a/166.html

    The introduction to this page covers the same topic from a different angle:- http://www.roadsafety.mccofnsw.org.au/a/10.html

    This page gives a brief overview of the role of "other drivers" in motorcycle crashes:- http://www.roadsafety.mccofnsw.org.au/a/36.html

    From the front page of our Road Safety website, you may also access statistics on motorcycle crashes. The proportion of cars hitting motorcycles has shrunk since the RTA commenced (at the urging of the MCC of NSW) running "Motorcycle Awareness" programs.

    In 2000, at-fault cars hitting motorcycles comprised about one half of all motorcycle crashes. Despite an increase in motorcycles of around 30% since then, total motorcycle crashes have fallen, indicating that both drivers and riders have taken responsibility.

    Unfortunately, our current Minister for Transport has cut funding for motorcycle safety programs and they have fallen to pre-2002 levels.

    Motorcycles are classified as "Vulnerable Road Users", as are bicycles and pedestrians, because they have no protective cage. Last year in NSW funding from the RTA for safety programs for each VRU group was approximately as follows:-

    Bicycles $ 45 million
    Pedestrians $ 20 million
    Motorcycles $ 50 thousand

    Prior to 2002, motorcycles received around $20,000 per annum.

    "Not only a motorcycles invisible to car drivers, but are also invisible to public policy"


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