August VMAC Communique has been released VICTORIAN MOTORCYCLE ADVISORY COUNCIL Chairman’s communiqué from 13 August 2009 meetingThe August meeting of VMAC was primarily an oversight via progress reports on a number of projects in varying stages of implementation – with therefore not a lot of new material to bring to attention of those interested in the range of things VMAC is working on at present. In summary those items were: Community Policing and Education: continuing action and outcomes consistent with our earlier reports. Continued positive feedback from riders and Police involved in delivering the program. Graduated Licensing Scheme: continuing dialogue between VicRoads and Training Providers on the performance of the current system as a prelude to any changes to an improved graduated licensing system for motorcyclists in Victoria. ed: VMAC members recommended a thorough evaluation of the current Victorian Licensing System before looking at any changes. PTW Crash Control Study: VMAC endorsed further in depth research of actual motorcycle crashes to better inform decisions on future priorities for spending programs. This work would be delivered through a proposed Australian Research Council grant. ed: This would possibly be along ther lines of the European MAIDS study - but for Australian conditions. “Assisted Rides” project: new research project being developed to take 2,000 riders through an “assisted ride” coaching and instruction session to improve safe riding skills, bike positioning and hazard perception. The aim is improve rider safety through trialling of higher levels of training and coaching. The momentum for the project has come from a Levy funded study of the Yarra Ranges Shire program and overseas programs such as “BikeSafe London”. VMAC received an excellent outline from VicRoads, MUARC and HART who are working closely together on the plan and logistics for commencing roll out of the trial in the current riding season. (ed: MUARC are conducting studies of the training outcomes. HART are carrying out the training) VMAC farewelled Ray Newland, one of the original members of the Council, on the occasion of his last Council meeting. The Chairman and Council members formally thanked Ray for his invaluable input to the operation of the Council, noting the personal and professional esteem in which he is held by all his Council colleagues, other professional colleagues and friends in the industry. ed: Ray has been the FCAI (Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries) rep. Next Meeting The next meeting of VMAC is scheduled for Tuesday 13 October 2009 at VicRoads.