In the interests of disseminating information here are some of the issues raised at last evenings meeting: Last year the NSW Democrats in the upper house forced through a bill making the state government fund the MCC for the tune of $20K per year, despite resistance, for motorcycle awareness campaigning. The MCC Chairman(Guy Stanford) is/was meeting with the Roads Minister and boss of the RTA today/tomorrow to discuss motorcycle issues. Importantly, it looks like the "consultation", which previously constituted the RTA talking direct to the MCC and then ignoring everything while claiming they had consulted riders, will now involve the relevant minister which means the MCC won't be as conveniently forgotten by the RTA. During this meeting Guy will be requesting a huge further injection to the MCC funding. At the last meeting, a case was raised of a rider and a pillion who had a serious accident when the valve on the rear tyre exploded at 100kph. The pillion was seriously injured and their CTP company refused to cover the pillion. The MCC raised the issue with the Motor Accident Authority that regulates CTP in NSW. Their response was that the insurer was correct because CTP does not cover no-fault accidents ie. where there is no-one AT ALL that is to blame then CTP doesn't apply! As this case was mechanical fault not caused by the rider, there is no-one to blame. Apparently the same could apply for wildlife causing accidents in cases where the Police say no-one is at fault. Because people are running foul of this fairly regularly, this is supposed to change in October where no-fault accidents will also be covered. Will this cause another hike in CTP across both cars and bikes? Maybe. TOLLS Our favourite subject - NOT!!!! The state government has finally come out and said to the MCC what we all knew - that they have no control over tolls. So they said to go and hassle the toll companies. So now because the MCC is lobbying a private enterprise as opposed to a government department, there is even less likelihood of getting any relief from the governing body. The only hope is that similar to the M4/5 cashback and the compensation for rescinded road closures around toll roads, the state government in effect pays a shadow toll for you. The company can't be out of pocket as it is a contractual requirement that they aren't disadvantaged. This ain't going to happen for motorbikes given our lack of lobbying power. One theory that is taking hold(not officially endorsed by the MCC) is that now that it is a case of us V a commercial enterprise, time to do whatever we can to make it financially unviable to levy bikes they way they do now. Check the individual toll companies to confirm because I think there are some differences between how they charge admin fees but if you have an e-tag, go through the e-lanes but don't have the tag on you. For one, they aren't designed for bikes and two if you have it on your person it is dangerous. The toll companies have a hard time retrieving the plate because as with everything else, the design didn't include motorbikes and the cameras struggle with our smaller number plates. The OCR software often fails to read the plate so someone has to manually read the plate after blowing it up and mucking around with it. They then have to look up your details from the rego database. But they can't store this info thanks to privacy laws so every time you go through a camera they have to go through this whole process. The only exception being if you have an e-tag from the company that actually runs that toll road eg. Roam then all your data is ready to go. But this all takes time and people which costs them money. When you get the notice in the mail(if you do), write your e-tag details on the form and send it back. Here you can send it reply paid so they even have to pay for the postage. If this all starts stacking up maybe they will look at a better way of tolling motorbikes - probably with a better e-tag. Finally on tolls, the MCC has asked a few riders who use multiple toll roads daily to run this procedure and calculate the number of times they haven't been billed in the mail. One rider reckons that out of about 300 toll gate passes, he received about 90 bills. That brings the average toll paid per trip down to about what the MCC is lobbying for - 1/4 that paid by cars. Warning though, if you don't have an e-tag or your e-tag doesn't have enough cash in it to cover the toll, you will cop the admin fee as well which can be 5 times the original toll on top of the toll. OLD ROADHere's a great one for those of you who have a special place in your heart for the Highway Patrol that work the Old Road. The much publicised $750,000 to be spent on road safety on the old road has finally been directed to a task. The Highway Patrol tried to snaffle the funds to build new pull-over bays to make room for them to set up stop points for booking "motorists ie. riders. They also wanted the money to build more U-turn bays so they had more options for using on the move radars and U-turning to chase. This is their idea of road safety improvements. The local council came to the rescue and gave them the middle digit salute. The council will now be using the money to improve road surfaces, improve line marking and to widen centre dividers where possible to reduce head-ons at the apex of corners. How is that for a great win for riders! THANK YOU LOCAL COUNCIL! PUTTY ROADI have heard reports(from booked riders who asked the cops who pulled them over) that the Highway Patrol are starting to blitz the entire length of the Putty. The MCC is still talking to the Singleton Inspector about what they can do to improve rider safety and it has nothing to do with this new Highway Patrol initiative. So will have to wait and see how this pans out, but look out in the meantime.