The RACV began in 1903 when 3 motorcyclists organised the first run and meeting.
|The RACV's first run to Mordialloc. December 6, 1903. From the James Flood Book of Motorcycling in Australia.|
Today the RACV is a car organisation with a few members who ride bikes.
The government's raft of options for riders include Snr Sgt Gore's HI VIZ VEST LAW, compulsory protective clothing and front number plates (read electronic tags) on all road motorcycles & scooters.
Nobody told Victoria's Motorcycle Advisory Group (VMAG), the expert body set up at VicRoads by the Baillieu Government to advise on such matters. Nobody consulted the Independent Riders' Group (IRG) or the Victorian Motorcycle Council (VMC).
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In Opposition, the Baillieu Government promised a peak body to represent Victoria's 325,000 motorcycle & scooter licence holders better. The Motorcycle Advisory Group (VMAG) was set up at VicRoads.
The Herald Sun published (5/9/2012)a "raft of options" including mandatory high visibility vests, compulsory boots, pants, jackets and gloves and front number plates on bikes. Stakeholders were not consulted again.
There is no evidence hi viz vests work. If some small road safety
benefit over a bright headlight can be gained, it can be gained
through voluntary use.
Protective clothing is used by the majority and should be encourged. A protective gear law/adr will mean less choice, higher prices and a lot of top quality and tailored bike gear not being available in Australia.
Front ID for motorcycles & scooters does not mean plates or stickers. Police want a tracking device regulation to fine riders and gather intelligence. Bikes are not designed to display front ID and very, very few places anywhere require it.
VMAG was bypassed in developing this raft of options. RACV was apparently included. The motorcycle options are revenue raisers, not effective road safety initiatives. If that was not the case why not consult VMAG and develop proposals that will really do some good? Why not wait for the current Parliamentary Inquiry to make its' recommendations?
Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders' Group