Wednesday, 5 December 2012


The Independent Riders' Group lobbied the Baillieu Government, when it was in Opposition, for a parliamentary inquiry into motorcycle & scooter safety. We got it. It's been almost 20 years 
since the last one so this is a very important report.

Independent Riders' Group members Damien Codognotto OAM (L) and Michael Czajka (R) talk motorcycling with Terry Mulder MP at The Society. Terry Mulder is now the Victorian Transport Minister.

The Victorian Parliament's Road Safety Committee is made up of five MPs. Chairman Murray Thompson MLA (Lib) with Bill Tilley MLA (Lib), Jude Perera MLA (ALP), Telmo Languille MLA (ALP) and Andrew Elsbury MLC (Lib). The RSC has spent over a year talking to riders, industry and government departments and studying their input.

The RSC and their staff have worked hard and looked at submissions objectively. I sat through most of the public hearings  and after hearing their questions, particularly when they questioned VicRoads/TAC/Police representatives, I think the motorcycle & scooter community in this state is going to get a fair go in their report.

The RSC report on bikes will be tabled in state parliament on the morning of Wednesday, December 12, 2012. This is your democracy at work and it's free. Well, it's not exaqctly free. You  already  paid for it with your taxes. The MPs work for you and  me.  Sometimes a reminder that we care and we vote, like a public gallery full of riders, is a very good thing. That's especially true when road authorities and others are pushing compulsory flouro vests, front number plates (again), more consorting laws and 
the TAC antibike tax keeps going up.

Our parliament is a great place. Any rider who can should be there. It will probably be another 20 years before anything like this report happens again.
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Latest News from the Road Safety Committee.

Inquiry into Motorcycle Safety - Tabling Date UPDATE.

The  Report  of  the  Inquiry into Motorcycle Safety will be tabled in
Parliament on Wednesday 12 December 2012.

Tabling is likely to occur around 9.30am.

In terms of process, please note:

.  A short statement will immediately follow the tabling of the Report
   in the Legislative Council

.  No  statement  will  be  made in relation to the Report until about
   12.15pm in the Legislative Assembly

The times provided are indicative only.

Once  tabled,  a  copy  of the Report will be available from the Table
Office in Parliament House, and via the Road Safety Committee website:

Members  of  the  public are welcome to be present in the gallery when
the Report is tabled and statements are made, however please note that
persons  in  the  gallery  are  expected to remain quiet at all times.
Failure to do so may result in persons being asked to leave.

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