Monday, 22 April 2013


Hi Damien,

These strategies were sneaked out very quietly:

...and yes compulsory boots are in there.

Michael Czajka

These strategies, particularly compulsory boots for motorcycle & scooter riders, demonstrate the government's contempt for the Parliamentary inquiry into motorcycle & scooter safety (PIMSS) and the ineffectiveness of the VicRoads dominated Motorcycle Advisory Group (MAG).

Compulsory protective bike clothing will mean much higher costs and far less choice for consumers as governments approve only products from big suppliers who can afford the testing. Most smaller local companies will not be able to compete.

The proposed fine for not wearing state approved boots while riding in Victoria is $176.

Make no mistake, if this "council of ministers" get compulsory bike boots in Victoria it opens the way for more compulsory protective clothing in coming years across Australia. Police have called for five items of compulsory gear for riders - helmet, gloves, boots, pants and high-visibility jackets. They don't give a damn about the expert submissions to the PIMSS inquiry.

Go see your local member of parliament now.

Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders' Group

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