The Numby government is set to restrict license laws drastically in order to help curb the motorcycle fatality rate... and once more, suggesting some stupid impractical rules - namely 3 year LAMS and 120hrs supervised. I'm all for more stringent and detailed testing and training, but the rest is to get "bikes of the road" - - - - - - - - - - http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/no-more-easy-riding/story-e6frf7kx-1225911364863 No more easy riding Peter Rolfe From: Sunday Herald Sun August 29, 2010 12:00AM A motorbike fatality. Picture: Tony Gough Source: HWT Image Library VICTORIA is set to introduce the toughest motorbike licence testing conditions in Australia in a bid to bring down the state's road toll. In an overhaul of existing motorcycle licensing, the Brumby Government is considering a stricter testing, training and skills assessment to make it tougher to take to the road on two wheels. With motorcycle riders accounting for 14 per cent of fatalities and serious injuries in Victoria despite making up less than 4 per cent of registered vehicles last year, the Government is expected this week to outline the radical plan to improve safety and reduce their over-representation in the road toll. Legislative changes being considered by the Government include: A REQUIREMENT for learner riders to obtain a minimum number of supervised on-road hours before they are given a licence - either 25, 50 or 120 hours; MORE rigorous assessment of practical skills before riders can obtain a licence; AN automatic transmission restriction for riders who pass the test on an automatic motorcycle such as a scooter; and INCREASING the period new riders have to use learner-approved motorcycles from one year to three. The move would bring motorbike testing conditions more in line with tests required by others such as learner car drivers who must have 120 hours of supervised driving before gaining a probationary licence. Roads Minister Tim Pallas confirmed last night that soon he would release a public discussion paper on the new system that would also consider longer licence durations and restrictions on what bikes inexperienced riders could legally use. "The significant rise in motorcycle deaths on our roads this year is unacceptable and we want to put measures in place to help drive down the toll," he said. TAC figures show motorcyclists are 38 times more likely to be seriously injured in a crash than car drivers and passengers. Victoria's three-year average motorcyclist fatality rate is six times higher than the passenger car occupant fatality rate. With 34 motorbike fatalities on Victorian roads so far this year, 12 more than in 2009, Victoria Police Supt Neville Taylor said the death rate of motorbike riders was "a real issue". Laws now require riders to sit a basic skills test lasting a few minutes before they go on our roads unsupervised. They also allow a person to complete learner and licence tests on an automatic motorcycle, often a motor scooter with an engine capacity up to 250cc, and be issued with a licence enabling them to ride automatic and manually geared bikes. Victorian motorcycle registrations rose 37 per cent (147,600) between 2005 and last year, compared with a 10 per cent increase in motor vehicle registration (4,010,276). - - - - - - - - - http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/editorials/time-to-cut-bike-deaths/story-e6frfhqo-1225911309846 Time to cut bike deaths Editorial From: Sunday Herald Sun August 29, 2010 12:00AM IN RESPONSE to the disproportionate number of road accidents involving motorcycles, the State Government is unveiling a worthwhile strategy to make it tougher for bikers to take to the road. Under proposed legislation, potential bikers would face stringent theoretical and practical testing. The period for which new bikers would have to ride learner-approved motorcycles would be increased from one to three years In essence, novice bikers would come under greater scrutiny - and that is a good thing. The facts speaks for themselves. Motorcyclists in Victoria make up only 3.7 per cent of road users, yet account for 14 per cent of fatalities and serious injuries. TAC figures show motorcyclists are 38 times more likely to be seriously injured in a crash than car drivers and passengers. Victoria's three-year average motorcyclist fatality rate is six times higher than that of occupants of passenger cars. With 34 motorcycle fatalities on Victorian roads so far this year - 12 more than in 2009 - this is an issue requiring urgent attention. Even Motorcycle Riders' Association Victoria president Kerry Walton agrees that current testing is inadequate. It is simply too easy at the moment to get a motorcycle licence. Riding a motorcycle is great fun. But it can be a fatal choice, especially when inexperienced bikers are involved. Motorcycles are high-risk, high-performance vehicles that can be difficult for motorists to see and they provide minimal rider protection. Bikers tend to be passionate about freedom and rightly complain that many accidents in which they are involved in are caused by motorists. But such an argument is academic. The reality is that, when a car and motorcycle come in contact, regardless of who is responsible, the bike will always come off second best. Therefore, it is important that motorcyclists - especially new riders - are subjected to more rigorous laws and scrutiny that, it is hoped, will provide them with the skills necessary to stay alive.