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This morning I was rung by a staffer from Daniel
Andrews' office. Daniel Andrews MP is the Leader
of the Victorian Opposition. The Opposition will
support Luke Donnellan and our protest at VicRoads.
This is a real opportunity to get some serious media
coverage of our issues. We need bikes. Even if you
can only ride past VicRoads HQ in Denmark Street,
Kew,you can blow your horn in support.
WHITEHORSE LEADER NEWSPAPER
May 24, 2014
Mulder was on radio this morning calling on
Melbournians to leave
their cars at home and use public transport on
weekends. Mont Albert
resident, Damien Codognotto OAM, said.
"Commuters move through every
suburb. On four wheels they clog our
roads, on two they reduce
The Herald Sun today ran a front page story that
congestion on weekends was getting as bad as on
The Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews MP,
legitimising motorcycle & scooter traffic filtering as
part of the
answer to our city's traffic problems. NSW and Qld are
legitimising bike traffic filtering.
Most cars seat 5 or 7
people but carry just one person. They are often
on unnecessary trips. A
small reduction in single occupant cars on our
overcrowded streets will
mean a significant reduction congestion and
an increase in available parking
for those who must drive.
Permitting motorcycle & scooter riders to
use bus lanes, as interstate
and overseas would improve safety and traffic
Commuter routes are from the suburbs to the city and between
City of Melbourne surveys and VACC sales figures show that
by motorcycle or scooter has more than doubled in 5
Major benefits can be gained for Melbourne's motorists by
walking, cycling, public transport and riding motorcycles &
to work. Attention must be given by both state and
governments, to motorcycle & scooter commuter routes and to
bike parking and lockers at "park & ride"
By supporting the legitimising of safe traffic filtering
as recommended by the 2012 Parliamentary Inquiry into
scooter safety, VicRoads would take an important
reduced traffic congestion in Melbourne and
Damien Codognotto OAM
Mont Albert North
Mobile: 0419 846
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PROTEST AT VICROADS HQ 8 AM MONDAY,
MAY 26, 2014.Motorcycle
& scooter riders will protest against VicRoads' proposed
bike laws and
its' apparent contempt for the Parliamentary Inquiry
& scooter safety.
Speakers include The Hon Luke Donnellan MP, Shadow Minister for
and Mr John Voyage of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.
VicRoads released its' graded licence system
(GLS) at the
start of May. There was no real stakeholder
carries 2 conspicuity laws. The GLS must go
back to the
Damien Codognotto OAM spokesman for the
Independent Riders Group said.
traffic congestion chronic, this is an irresponsible move by the
Rider training at
(www.hart.honda.com.au) costs up to $550 for
course on the weekend. Add to that the price of a bike, and
gear and too many people will buy an old car. A few will
illegally. Others will cut back on safety gear. The GLS, as
will increase costs to $300 in the first year.
Riders Group (IRG) is for improved rider training but
costs must be reduced.
The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) should
subsidise training and
re-training for all road users.
Car drivers should be taught about
motorcycles & scooters and
be tested on a basic knowledge of
The conspicuity laws must be removed from the GLS. Benefit,
if any, is
gained from voluntary use of high visibility vests. Posties
dayglo head to toe but cars still hit them. Headlights are
covered by an ADR. Benefits are doubtful.
Parliamentary Inquiries into motorcycle & scooter safety in
2012. Both took conspicuity very seriously. The all-party
Committee (RSC) made 64 recommendations in 2012.
conspicuity laws were not recommended by either inquiry.
A 'whole of government
response' to the inquiry means the 64
recommendations have been
ignored and VicRoads has continued with its'
agenda dating back to
Damien Codognotto said. "The
'whole of government response' to the
inquiry isn't credible. Most of it
was written by VicRoads."
"Four things should happen now. First,
send the GLS back for
consultation and repair. Second, legitimise
traffic filtering for
safer, more efficient commuting. Third, let
motorbikes & scooters
use bus lanes. And, fourth, abolish the
TAC antibike tax as
recommended in the inquiry report." Codognotto said.
Independent Riders Group
Mobile:0419 846 855