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AGV Helmet cut in half - 21 May 2016
  Here is a picture of an AGV helmet cut in half, showing how thick the internal padding is. The pictured helmet has gone through safety tests. The cut away shows the real working part of your helmet, the main bit that protects your head/brain. The padding and foam compresses more slowly in an accident reducing the sudden impact trauma to the brain. Unfortunately a visual inspection of a helmet will not reveal if the padding has been damaged, so if you buy a second hand helmet you may well be buying very damaged goods which will NOT protect you.

Credit for the picture goes to Twitter account @HalfPics. Click on the image for a larger image.

Helmet Standards Forum - 19-20 May 2016
  Some said last year's Forum at Standards Australia was a farce, yet what resulted was national change to helmet laws to allow sale and use of ECE 22-05 helmets. This came about through regulatory changes by the ACCC and road authorities, not from any action of Standards Australia.

This year's Forum at Standards Australia did its best to disappear down a psychedelic rabbit hole, Standards Australia again pointing out that the solution was not with them. The problem remains regulatory, with road authorities seeking amendment of AS/NZS 1698, to turn it into an in-service regulation to control use of helmets. This approach is wrong-headed and has already shown problems.

Road authorities need to sort out a consistent single national road rule with in-service regulations for helmet use based on evidence and current safe practices (e.g. dark visors in daytime). In service regulations are to address issues like drilling holes in a helmet, crash damage and any other issues that may compromise a helmet.

Several participants seemed to be hypnotised by cameras on helmets. We had the FUDs of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, speculations and secret testing, but no actual evidence of an injury problem. Some statements made on this subject were not credible.

The majority of helmets into the future will be ECE 22-05. Some helmets will still require AS/NZS 1698:2006, but there is no technical need to amend the helmet or visor standard for these. What is needed is improved point of sale surveillance of helmet certifications for all standards.

Many voices were heard, some sensible and some seeking commercial advantage. Rider representation was solid, with CJ Burns (MCC of NSW), Wayne Carruthers and myself making the case for a nationally consistent, sensible and understandable road rule. Again, the heavy lifting will be done by those quietly doing the ongoing and consistent work of state and territory based rider organisations co-ordinating through the Australian Motorcycle Council.

Guy Stanford - MCC of NSW Delegate, AMC Helmets Committee Chairman   

ECE 22.05 helmets now legal in South Australia - 29 April 2016
  Last week the MRASA executive met with Minister Malinauskas to among other things, finalise our recommendations for the changes to motorcycle helmet laws in South Australia. Today the Minister has issued a news release on the changes to helmet laws, which are outlined in the Government Gazette 2016_024 pages 1313 to 1314. A copy of these documents will are provided below.

Key points in the changes are the introduction of the ECE 22.05 standard, the removal of the provision allowing a bicycle helmet to be used by a motorcycle passenger if under the age of six years, and the removal of outdated British Standards and Japanese helmet models all pre-dating 1988.

The MRASA would like to thank the minister for implementing these changes, and all others who have provided input, including those who facilitated the changes to Australian consumer law to allow helmet laws to be amended.

News Release by Minister Malinauskas.
Two pages from the Government Gazette detailing the changes to law.
MRASA meet with The Hon Peter Malinauskas - 22 April 2016
  On Friday the 22nd April MRASA Representatives Ebi Lux and Phil McClelland met with The Hon Peter Malinauskas MLC, the Minister for Police, Correctional Services, Emergency Services and Road Safety. The MRASA was invited to discuss issues relevant to motorcycling in South Australia. It was a productive meeting and we appreciated the opportunity to explain some of issues being faced by the 170,000 licensed riders in South Australia.

Here is a meeting report. We endeavor to represent issues for all South Australian motorcyclists, let us know if you have any other issues you wish to raise.
Motorcycle Reference Group (MRG)
  The MRG met on 7 April 2016, view the MRASA April 2016 report on the Latest News Page. View the MRASA April 2015 report.
SA Helmets Laws Changing - 8 March 2016
  The MRA is pleased to inform you about changes to the helmet regulations for South Australia. The Honourable Minister Peter Malinauskas has published a Media Release included below. The Media Release states that ECE22.05 standard helmets will soon be able to be worn by motorcyclists in South Australia.

The MRA has been in close consultation with DPTI over the past few weeks regarding the finalisation of the changes to the helmet laws in South Australia. Due to the restraints of ministerial protocol, we apologise to our members for not being able to inform you of this information.

This follows an article in the newspaper today indicates Road Safety Minister Peter Malinauskas will announce changes to helmet laws, which will then be put to Parliament.

Please note that the changes to regulation 51 in the Road Traffic (Miscellaneous) Regulations 2014 have not yet been formalised and it is still illegal to use ECE 22.05 standard helmets on our State's roads at this time. Another announcement about the date of the legislation's commencement will be made as soon as that date is known.

Please read the Media Release published today.

Kangaroo Creek Dam Safety Upgrade - Now until Dec 2018
  The MRASA would like to advise users of Gorge Road there will be increased construction traffic and temporary speed restrictions or road closures between Batchelor Road and the reservoir lookout. There will be frequent truck movements around site access points including slow moving construction traffic. Movements will generally be undertaken Monday to Friday 6am to 5pm, and Saturday 6am to 2pm, until December 2018.
How Protective is Motorcycle Gear - 25 March 2016
  On Tuesday 29th March 2016 at 8pm, the ABC TV program Catalyst aired a segment on motorcycle protective clothing, view the trailer. The catch line is 'And how protective is safety motorcycle gear anyway? Mark Horstman lays his body on the line.'

Dr Liz de Rome and Dr Chris Hurren have been interviewed for the program and the MCC has given permission for clips from the Rider Risk videos to be used.
You can live stream it on ABC iView while it is still available.
Dirt Road Riding Course in South Australia - March 2016
  The MRASA is pleased to announce a new dirt road training course in South Australia. We have been successful in organising a practical hands on course instructed by an experienced motocross specialist. The first course is scheduled for the 19-20 March and is booked out. Both the MRASA and the instructor will review the first course and then plan additional courses. The first course will be held at the Crystal Brook Motocross Club, other locations may also be considered for future courses. Contact our road safety officer to register your interest in future courses.

Update - The course was a great success, enjoyed by all, at a great venue with an excellent instructor. We will post the date for the next course as soon as it comes available.
ACC Motorcycle Footpath Parking Trial - Feb 2016
  From Monday 15 February 2016, the Adelaide City Council is trialling motorcycle and scooter parking on designated footpath areas to cater for existing parking demand, and to also encourage more people to come into the city by motorcycles and scooters. The two locations selected (pictures in linked article) are:
  • Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga (north-west corner)
  • Light Square / Wauwi (western side, just south of Currie Street)
ACC MC Parking
Victoria Square - photo taken Monday 21 March 2016 at midday

Q. How will motorcycle and scooter riders access the designated trial parking areas?
A driveway access point is located adjacent to the designated motorcycle trial parking area in Light Square to assist with safe access, and will not impact on pedestrian movements. The Victoria Square trial location has a service road, which will be used by motorcyclists to access the parking area. Motorcyclists are not under any circumstances permitted to ride along the footpaths.

Q. How will the motorcycle and scooter areas be designated?
Motorcycle and scooter riders can only park in the designated footpath areas. Signs will delineate the area where you can park your motorcycle. During the trial period any motorcycle or scooter found parked outside the designated footpath area may be issued with a $91 fine in accordance with Australian Road Rule 197. Fines may also be issued by SAPOL, which would attract an additional $60 victims of crime levy.

Q. Will there be interactions between people riding motorcycles or scooters and pedestrians?
The locations selected for the trial do not require motorcycles or scooters to cross footpath areas or pedestrian desire lines. Unlike the recently changed laws regarding riding bicycles along footpaths, riding a motorcycle or scooter on a footpath is an offence.

Q. Will the parking be free, and will there be time limits imposed on the parking?
During the trial, the motorcycle and scooter parking will be free, consistent with all other on-street motorcycle and scooter parking in the City of Adelaide. There will be no time limits during the trial, but this may be reviewed in the future as part of a broader on-street motorcycle parking review.

Here is the complete and official ACC motorcycle parking publication provided to MRASA. For more information contact the Adelaide City Council Customer Centre on (08) 8203 7203.
Motochat on Coast FM 88.7 - Feb 2016
  The MRASA would like to thank Adelaide's Coast FM 88.7 for the opportunities to be a guest speaker on the weekly 1 hour radio show. Motochat is hosted by Geoff Groth and Dave Gabel and airs from 9am Sunday mornings. The MRA has been represented by a number of our committee over the last few months and is pleased to be associated with other clubs and guests on the show. We thank Dave and Geoff for their enthusiasm and energy to bring this to the motorcycling community. You can tune in or stream it to your computer by clicking on the link on the Coast FM home page.

Coast FM

Motorcycle Parking on Footpaths Trial - Dec 2015
  The Adelaide City Council has requested staff to investigate and trial motorcycle and scooter parking on designated footpaths areas to cater for existing parking demand, and to also encourage more people to come into the city by motorcycles and scooters. Riders should take note that the consultation period concluded on 30 November 2015.

The Council has been working with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) and SA Police (SAPOL) to setup the trial, given it is not currently practiced in South Australia. More information is available from the Adelaide City Council webpage.
Melbourne City Council Transport Strategy
  The Melbournce city Council has released a document outlining their strategy that sets new key directions and policy targets to address the anticipates city growth of Melbourne to 2030. It takes into account the significant changes in transport policy and strong growth in public transport use, cycling and walking since the 2006 transport strategy as well as moving people and freight. Here is a link to the complete document.
First Aid Course for Motorcyclists
  A specialised first aid course for motorcyclists will be held in the Auburn Institute (Clare Valley) on Saturday 5th March 2016, and again on Saturday 29th October 2016. Other dates include Saturday 12th March 2016 and Saturday 5th November 2016 at Flagstaff Hill. This half day training course has been developed specifically for riders. You will learn vital skills and knowledge needed to provide immediate roadside first aid and effectively manage the accident scene until emergency services arrive. Training is delivered by highly qualified experienced first aid instructors who ride. The course has been purposefully scheduled from 11:00am until 3:30pm to allow plenty of time to get there and back in a day, so why not organise a few other riders and make a group ride out of it. For bookings call 0408 956 435.

first aid course

Further details on the presenters website.
First Aid For Motorcyclists 612 ABC Brisbane Radio Interview.
Returning Rider Course Announced - 15 September 2015
  The MRASA is pleased to inform you the Minister for Road Safety has announced that the Rider Safe Returning Rider Course will be available from 26 September 2015. The Rider Safe Returning Rider Course is a voluntary course tailored for motorcycle licence holders who wish to refresh their riding skills. The course will be conducted primarily at the St Agnes and Murray Bridge Rider Safe training ranges with country courses operating subject to demand.

The MRASA has been a strong advocate for this course for many years. We have worked to put this on the Government agenda for a long time, years of efforts have finally come to fruition.

returning rider course

Motorcycle riders may be at greatest risk of being involved in a crash when they resume riding after an extended period of not riding, particularly if they are riding a more powerful or different style motorcycle than the one they used to ride in the past.

Although the number of motorcyclist serious road casualties has shown a downward trend, each year motorcyclists have become a larger part of serious road casualties - up from 11% in 2005 to 17% in 2014. It is likely that some of the people seriously injured were returning riders.

The course covers issues such as safe braking and cornering techniques, hazard perception, protective clothing, vehicle technology such as Antilock Braking Systems and responsibilities regarding carrying a pillion passenger. The course is conducted over half a day at the department's Rider Safe motorcycle training ranges and costs $116.

Here is a link to the Minister's news release.
Here is a link for more information about the about the Rider Safe Returning Rider Course.
ACCC on Consumers' right to choose their Motorcycle Insurer - August 2015
  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is contacting motorcycle publications and associations to inform them of a recent ACCC decision, and to provide advice for purchasers of motorcycle insurance. The ACCC letter is summarised below.

The ACCC wishes to inform and encourage consumers to shop around for finance and insurance when purchasing a motorcycle to ensure that they make an informed decision that best suits their needs. Consumers are under no obligation to purchase insurance from their motorcycle dealer, and are advised that purchasing insurance online or over the phone may be cheaper than what is offered at the point of sale.
Crime Stoppers Phone-in Day - 15 April 2015
  Profit-motivated theft - where a vehicle is stolen and never recovered - affects hundreds of South Australians every year. It's great to see theft numbers slowly declining and new technologies being introduced to make it harder for thieves, but it is also important that we help tackle this important issue.

In 2013/14, there were 8,217 motorcycles stolen across Australia. Just 43% were found and returned to their owners, meaning motorcycles had the lowest recovery rate of any vehicle type.

And in South Australia, it is thought that nearly 300 motorcycles were stolen and converted to profit through re-birthing, sale of parts or scrap metal, because these bikes were never recovered and the thieves never caught.

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council is partnering with Crime Stoppers SA to put the spotlight on profit-motivated vehicle theft, culminating in a dedicated phone-in day on Wednesday 15 April 2015.

Keep an eye out for further updates about the campaign, but if you do know anything about motorcycles stolen for scrap or parts, then call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to the Crime Stoppers Website. Information can be provided anonymously and rewards are available.

Bikers A-Z Survival Bible
  This book offers the rider and the prospective rider an insight into motorcycling as a whole, and includes essential topics such as safety apparel, road awareness, motorcycle maintenance, tyres, pre-ride checks, insurance and gaining knowledge about riding in general. It covers all aspects from the basic commute to the hardened rider doing the big kilometers.

The focus is on safety and awareness as there are too many motorcyclists losing their lives due to basic errors. A lot of this knowledge is never acquired or is gained too late to help riders make calculated decisions which could save their lives.

The book is structured to enable the rider to learn the basics before they ride and get themselves into trouble. Basically, if you know what to look for you can take the appropriate action to prevent an accident.

An important example of this could be developing a 'sixth sense' which will assist you in evaluating and assessing different situations as or before they arise. If you think something is not right then take the necessary steps to address the issue, perceived or real.

If you are interested in finding out more, including buying the book, please visit Steve Lamberts website.
Book by Jeff Fereday - Random Lines
  The book written by Jeff Fereday is a collection of 'Random Lines', columns written for 'Two Wheels' magazine by the late Jeff Fereday. The book contains 56 columns, many are laugh-out-loud funny. Some are philosophic, others melancholic. Most are pretty anarchic and downright cheeky. It is available in hardcopy or digitally (E-book), at the Random Lines website. A sample chapter named 'Rabble Without a Cause' is available to read online.
MRASA Tips for Riders - 29 July 2014
  MAC will be promoting a campaign in early September to coincide with the winter lay-off riders returning to the road - the 'seasonal riders' whose skills may be rusty or lacking. The MAC asked our road safety officer Neville Gray to provide '10 top tips' to go on their website and to be possibly promoted through other media.
  • Look for other road users that are not looking for you. Ride conspicuously and never in blind spots. Never assume that the other vehicle will stop.
  • Riders, unlike car drivers with aids such as air bags, collapsible steering columns and the stability of four wheels, only have their hazard perception and avoidance skills and their protective clothing to make them safer.
  • Always wear good quality protective clothing from your head to your feet. Protect your extremities with helmet, gloves and leg and arm protection in all weather conditions.
  • Most cars can stop quicker than most motorcycles especially in emergency situations. Therefore always keep a 3 second gap to the vehicle in front of you.
  • Always perform a head check before changing lanes. Just looking in your mirrors is not good enough.
  • It is vital to ride at a speed to suit the prevailing conditions. In bad weather, this could mean at a speed under the posted speed limit.
  • Riding under the influence of alcohol and drugs is plain suicidal. You need all of your faculties at a high level to successfully ride a motorcycle.
  • Don't forget the safety of your pillion as well as your own. They too need good protective clothing and be informed about the dynamics of a motorcycle and know how to assist by being a good pillion.
  • Never lend your motorcycle to riders who are unlicensed or inexperienced.
  • Intersections are high risk areas. Slow down when approaching an intersection and be ready to avoid a possible collision.
  We welcome all interested people to attend our General Meetings. See the Meetings page for more details. MRASA Committee & General Meetings are held at the Prince Albert Hotel, 254 Wright St, Adelaide.
The next General Meeting will be held on Monday the 27th June 2016.
Interesting Links
  We have posted a few new items on the Links page, including a link to the LAMS approved motorcycle list, and a link to the World Health Organization global road safety report 2013. Use the About menu above or access the Links page here.
Motorcycling Fact Sheet - Roadworthiness
  We are providing a copy of the Motorcycling Fact Sheet as published by the DPTI (formerly DTEI) for the benefit of members and the motorcycling public. Our aim is to publicise a readily available document in the interests of ensuring our members understand the minimum requirements for their bike to be roadworthy. If by following the guidelines a member finds their bike needs work, the potential saving is about $500 ($350 fine for riding an unroadworthy vehicle and at least $150 fee for the inspection to certify the defect has been fixed) and then there is the demerit points and possible time off work to attend the assessment to be considered as well.
Toy Run 2015 Major Partner
  The Motor Accident Commission was the Major Partner of the 2015 Toy Run.


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