Monday, 15 October 2012
PROTEST RUN 9
VSRA - Victorian Scooter Riders Association
16 October 2012
The VSRA, representing Victoria’s four largest scooter clubs, is
adding its voice to concerns in the motorcycle fraternity regarding
expected findings from the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into
Motorcycle Safety. The government is expected to introduce legislation
in the near future, based on findings from this inquiry. Anticipated
by scooter riders is the introduction of compulsory fluoro vests;
compulsory jackets, gloves and boots and the return of front number
plates or other forms of identification.
The VSRA supports improvements in safety for riders but does not
believe these anticipated measures will improve scooter rider safety.
The greatest threat to scooter riders is cars. The VSRA would rather
see better education programs for car drivers and riders than the
introduction of mandated gear such as fluoro vests.
VSRA spokesperson Steve Bardsley, speaking on behalf of scooter riders
said “Scooter riders are supportive of appropriate safety gear but
believe that it is up to individual riders to decide what is
appropriate for their riding conditions.” A great percentage of
scooter riders are commuters using the inner city road network and do
not ride at high speeds. The VSRA does not support the introduction of
mandatory safety gear that is suited to high-speed sports bike riders.
This gear is not appropriate for the vast majority of scooter riders
commuting to work.
The VSRA believe that front plate identification is more about revenue
raising than safety for riders. Front plates will be costly, difficult
to retrofit and will achieve zero improvements in safety for
scooterists and motorcycle riders. The VSRA wants money spent on real
safety initiatives such as driver education to minimise the risk that
cars pose to scooterists rather than front plate identification.
The VSRA will be joining other motorcycle riders in a protest ride on
Monday 29 October to oppose the anticipated findings from the inquiry.
For further information or media interviews please contact:
Steve Bardsley on 0409 848 428 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The VSRA represents:
The Vespa Club of Melbourne
The Melbourne Crusaders
The Lambretta Club of Australia and
The Melbourne Scooter Connection
Victorian Scooter Riders Association