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[VIC] VMAC Chairman's Communique June meeting

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by TonyE, Jul 15, 2009.


    Chairman’s communiqué from 11 June 2009 meeting

    I can continue to report good progress on a number of fronts on the VMAC work program.


    VMAC is keenly anticipating Minister Pallas launching the new 5 year safety and transport strategic action plan underpinning forward investment in various measures to improve safety and access for powered two wheelers in Victoria.


    In 2002 the “Where You Look Is Where You Go†(WYLIWYG) concept was successfully trialled in the UK at a motorcycle blackspot.

    ed: http://www.homezones.org.uk/documents/WYLIWYGbooklet.pdf

    The proposal aims to reduce run off road crashes by providing riders with improved visual cues regarding the radius of curves. WYLIWYG visual cues guide riders through the curve by directing the gaze to the vanishing point of the curve. Maintaining a focus on the vanishing point is generally accepted as an important technique for maintaining positional awareness in a curve. The concept was also very well received at the National Forum in Canberra late in 2007.

    VMAC has endorsed a trial and supporting research.


    VMAC was represented on a VicRoads workshop on the Motorcycle Graduated Licensing System (GLS). Members highlighted concerns with the current system, in particular the compliance and auditing of the rider training and licensing organisations. Young riders are currently over represented in crash statistics, and Motorcycle GLS discussions will continue with a focus on developing a system that will deliver road safety improvements to those riders most at risk.

    A number of VMAC representatives expressed an underlying concern that the current system of licence graduation may be quite adequate – but that, if there is a weakness, it is that the oversight of providers of training and licensing needs to be strengthened to ensure that standards are maintained at high levels across the board.

    A number of examples were given – with VicRoads senior officers agreeing to take on notice the extent to which oversight may need to be improved.


    Superintendent Kevin Casey presented an update on the Community Policing and Education project. While still in its infancy, this project continues to bring exciting new information and practical advice to us all as policy advisors.

    Feedback from both motorcyclists and the police officers carrying out the project continues to be very positive.

    While it is difficult to translate enforcement data into crash risk trends for the general rider population, the results add considerably to our understanding of drink and drug riding and riding while unlicensed or unregistered. Further analysis of this and other data will be done as part of the evaluation of the Community Policing and Education project.

    The most recent operation was conducted on the Great Ocean Road over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Two hundred and six motorcycle riders were spoken to about motorcycle safety ( fourteen offences issued). Six hundred and ninety four drivers were spoken to about driving practices which put motorcyclists at risk (sixty six offence notices issued - speed being predominant offence).

    The project, which is supported by the Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Council, is jointly funded by the Motorcycle Safety Levy and the Victoria Police, to help reinforce safety messages with riders and drivers and create a safer environment for all Victorian motorcycle and scooter riders.

    Ministerial Review of the Transport Consultative Structure

    Minister Pallas has informed me that the Government is considering the establishment of an integrated transport advisory council to reflect the new integrated transport policy announced recently by the Victorian Government.

    Before committing to the creation of a new council, a review is being undertaken of existing transport advisory bodies including VMAC. This will include consideration of how the concept might affect the work and nature of our work on VMAC. The review will ensure that the overall set of transport advisory bodies gives key stakeholders the opportunity to provide meaningful input and that Ministers, the Department of Transport and VicRoads receive quality advice on a range of transport matters. The review is being managed by VicRoads in collaboration with the Department of Transport.

    The views and ideas of VMAC members and the organizations they represent will be sought on the concept as part of the process.

    Retirement of Ray Newland

    It is with some sadness, but also complete support and understanding, that I advise that Ray Newland has informed us that he will be retiring from his role with the FCAI in September 2009 and as such will be retiring from his position on VMAC. Ray is recovering well from a significant health incident late last year and I know it is time for him to “put the feet up a bit†and pull back from these roles.

    Ray was one of the founding members of VMAC and his contribution to VMAC and motorcycle safety policy over a long career has been nothing short of incredible.

    We will farewell Ray in the appropriate manner at our August meeting – and in the meantime continue to wish he and Lyn well with his recovery.