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New Motorcycle Licences - RA Aug 2013

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by Sir Ride Alot, Aug 4, 2013.


    A graduated licensing system for motorcyclists, similar to that for drivers, is on the cards in Victoria in the wake of the Inquiry into Motorcycle Safety.

    The move, which RACV supports, is one of several in the State Government’s response to the inquiry, which delivered its report late last year. It will ensure new riders get more
    intensive theoretical and practical experience and assessments. The inquiry considered many factors including
    rider and driver licensing, protective clothing, the motorcycle levy, ABS brakes for road motorcycles, crash data, road safety campaigns and road rules.

    The Government has supported many of the inquiry’s recommendations, but one it has rejected is abolishing the
    motorcycle safety levy. The levy funds specific motorcycle
    safety projects, but is opposed by many motorcyclists as an
    additional tax. The Government will retain the levy but provide greater transparency about how it is being used. RACV also supports the levy, with its funding being used for motorcycle safety research and to accelerate the roll-out of safety projects at high risk locations for riders.

    A significant recommendation of the inquiry was that Victoria work towards legalising lane filtering. This is when
    motorcyclists ride through stationary vehicles, as opposed to lane splitting, where they ride between moving vehicles. The
    Government has supported the recommendation for lane filtering “in principle”.

    RACV’s roads and traffic manager Dave Jones says: “Lane filtering is an established practice that reduces the length of
    queues and enables motorcyclists to get ahead in congested
    conditions. The inquiry found little evidence of motorcyclists being injured when lane filtering, so it is sensible to allow it to legally continue and for new and inexperienced riders to be trained on how to safely filter. However, RACV does not
    support the dangerous practice of lane splitting.”

    VicRoads will also investigate the car driver licensing system to determine whether learner tests and publications need specific information about drivers looking out for
    motorcyclists. The inquiry’s report and the Government’s response can be read in full at www.parliament.vic.gov.au/rsc/article/1409.


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