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[Vic] VMAC Communique - April 2009

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' at netrider.net.au started by TonyE, May 7, 2009.


  1. Chairman’s communiqué from 16 April 2009 meeting

    “LOOK, LOOK, LOOK AGAIN†FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
    The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) presented the initial findings from the evaluation of the “Look, Look, Look Again For Motorcyclists†advertising campaign previously endorsed by VMAC. Initial research indicates that the overall outcomes are positive. The TAC will incorporate this campaign into its rolling campaign schedule.

    “MAKING ROADS MOTORCYCLE FRIENDLYâ€
    VicRoads with the support of VMAC has recently released a “Making Roads Motorcycle Friendly†seminar package for road design, construction and maintenance engineers. Regional training seminars are currently being rolled out with VMAC members invited to attend and introduce the seminars. VMAC members have supported the requests from other states to make this material freely available for the benefit of all motorcyclists.

    COMMUNITY POLICING AND EDUCATION PROJECT
    Victoria Police updated the Council on the status of the Community Policing and Education Project again highlighting its focus on interaction and education and the new approach within the Victoria Police as a result of this project. Education components of the project to date include:

    Motorcycle road safety displays at the Blue Ribbon ride, the superbikes at Phillip Island and at the “Ride for the Hillsâ€.

    Motorcycle road safety incorporated into Victoria Police recruits’ road safety training.

    A Senior Constable devoted to the educational components of the project.

    21 presentations to schools and groups now incorporating motorcycle road safety.

    5 motorcycle awareness courses presented to 50 traffic police by Honda Australia Rider Training (HART).

    Victoria Police radio talkback spot to incorporate discussion on the aims and objectives of this program.



    Positive feedback from riders continues to confirm that the project is hitting the target.

    MOTORCYCLE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING STAR RATING
    Investigations continue to progress on the potential to pilot a motorcycle protective clothing star rating system which would be mapped against existing European standards. The proposal would not require products to be re-tested if they already met the European standards. The preferred model for a star rating system would rely on voluntary participation from industry. If implemented the project would give riders the ability to discriminate between protective clothing based on its safety performance. Work with industry will continue to ensure the proposal addresses the rider needs, as well as industry requirements.

     
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  2. thanks for the report, Tony.

    With regards to the rating system for protective gear, shouldn't it conform to an Australian Standard?

    Only issue, of course, if they start to legislate that only SA compliant gear is allowed to be worn.

    That, we don't wont...
     
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  3. Thanks Tony

    How long did the Look for bikes campaign run? My impression was that it wasn't around very long, but maybe I wasn't watching the right channels.
     
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  4. The campaign ran for over a month - along wiht bilboard, online and newspaper components. The TAC have stated that it will run again next year - they'll be paying for it then.

    Martin - there is no Australian Standard for protective clothing (apart from helmets). In fact the only real standard is the European CE standard.
     
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  5. Just a question TonyE, what was this statement based on? Rider down statistics or general acceptance of the new program??

    Cheers
     
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  6. It was based on before and after studies of attitudes by car drivers and also on studies of whether people remembered the advert and its message.

    The studies showed a reported change in people being aware of motorcycles and whether they specifically looked out for them.
     
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  7. There's nothing stopping Australia from adopting the CE safety standards.
     
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  8. Umm... did you actually read the report?

    Investigations continue to progress on the potential to pilot a motorcycle protective clothing star rating system which would be mapped against existing European standards. The proposal would not require products to be re-tested if they already met the European standards.
     
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  9. Yes, did you see the bit where I was reiterating the blindingly obvious in response to the post that I quoted in my resonse?
     
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