|Motorcycle Reference Group (MRG)|
What is the MRG?
In September 2012, the Government released a discussion paper outlining six proposals aimed at reducing the over-representation of motorcycle deaths and serious injuries. In total, 443 submissions on the discussion paper were received. The response to the proposals was positive and reflects the community's concerns regarding the vulnerability of motorcycle riders and pillion passengers on our roads. There was support for the majority of the proposals as well as additional community feedback on issues regarding motorcycle safety.
In August 2013, the new Road Safety Action Plan 2013-2016 was released. This includes several initiatives that are designed to reduce motorcyclist road trauma, such as identifying locations for motorcycle infrastructure investment, development and delivery of a motorcycle refresher course and motorcycle communication campaign development. A copy of the Motorcycle Action Plan fact sheet can be viewed here (PDF, 1432 KB).
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has briefed key motorcycle groups of the outcomes and established a Motorcycle Reference Group consisting of key motorcycle stakeholders. The Government continues to work with stakeholders to improve motorcycle road safety. The MRASA is a proud member of the stakeholder group.
|DPTI Motorcycle Reference Group Meeting - 17 May 2019|
DPTI announced and held this year's first MRG meeting on the 17th May and it was well attended.
The minister was not present, with proceedings well managed by Gabby O'Neill, Director of Road Safety.
The main focus for the meeting was the future of rider training and education.|
The meeting had a different construct to previous meetings, we were divided into pre-allocated groups to discuss and document our suggestions. The topics were then combined from all groups and voted on by all attending. This focussed discussion and outcomes approach is a common and proven technique, avoiding the often negative, unproductive and single minded views evident from 'free-for-all' rant sessions.
The MRA look forward to seeing what DPTI do with stakeholder feedback.
|DPTI Motorcycle Reference Group Meeting - 26 May 2017|
The motorcycle reference group meeting held on 26 May 2017 had three agenda items for discussion.|
DPTI have announced that comment is sought on the Regulation Impact Statement for the introduction of ABS for motorcycles. Comments should be provided by 7 July 2017. Feedback is also sought on the proposed Graduated Licensing System.
Other matters discussed included the introduction of a new type of roadside barrier. The current W beam is fixed at each anchor point. The new system has flexible anchoring so that upon impact the beam will move with the object thereby allowing a graduated dissipation of energy. Contrary to reports elsewhere, DPTI had this change on its maintenance programme for some time and was part of its road safety improvement initiative.
Ebi Lux - Road Safety Officer
|DPTI Motorcycle Reference Group Meeting - 17 November 2016|
The motorcycle reference group meeting held on 17 November 2016 had three agenda items for discussion.|
DPTI then presented its position on interstate filtering conditions which it is considering to present for legislative sign off. Apart from restrictions on R-date licence holders being allowed to filter the proposal is in line with the MRASA published position. Like the MRASA, DPTI see the advantage of trying to implement uniform legislation across the nation (table available on the lane filtering page).
The MRASA asked for a clearer definition of the vague term 'when safe to do so'. Our thoughts were that as this is a subjective term it is open to interpretation by different officers. DPTI and SAPOL both stated that it was almost impossible to define, examples of safe and unsafe behaviour will be included in the extensive planned education programme which will be released with lane filtering legislation.
The licensing proposal has been on the agenda for some time and will continue there for a while yet. The contentious issue were whether the minimum age at which a licence can be obtained should be raised in line with the age for getting a car licence; should the r-date period be extended and what format of instruction should be undertaken by moped riders.
The Rider Safety Handbook was a simple case of updating photos to keep the book current. Neville Gray had spent a lot of time updating wording and legislation which had changed since its last revision.
The meeting closed on time and as per usual a lot of networking occurred. On a very positive note DPTI confirmed that our position paper was simple, implementable and acceptable. Our influence is evident in the approach now being taken to close off this matter.
Ebi Lux - Vice President & Road Safety Officer
|DPTI Motorcycle Reference Group Meeting - 7 April 2016|
Here is a copy of the
MRG Meeting report from Road Safety Officer and Vice President Ebi Lux.
|DPTI Motorcycle Reference Group Meeting - 20 April 2015|
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) has established a Motorcycle
Reference Group (MRG) consisting of key motorcycle stakeholders. The MRASA has representation
in this motorcycle interest group instigated by the minister. Through the MRG the Government
continues to work with stakeholders to improve motorcycle road safety and to propose policy changes.|
On Monday 20 April 2015 two members from the MRASA executive attended the April meeting and the MRASA is pleased to report the following outcomes summary. Many thanks to our VP/RSO for reporting so promptly.
Adelaide Hills Road Audit and safety measures implementation
The installation of the metal rub rail beneath W-beam guardrails is proceeding. Due to the additional funding and reduced cost of the metal sheets a total of 354 lane km will be installed throughout the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula road network.
Adelaide Hills Signage
The recent road audit has identified many instances of poor or misleading signage in the hills. Examples include signs incorrectly placed, invisible, positioned too late to be effective, too small and too low. These will be replaced with a new generation of signs as part of the program. One instance of a rubbish bin mounted on concrete in what is clearly a run off area has been identified and will be moved as a priority.
Non-Slip Steel plates used in roadworks
The MRASA raised the issue of smooth steel plates being used to cover holes in roadworks presenting a danger. DPTI will check on the appropriate required standard and advise contractors accordingly. The MRASA is to provide specific locations of plates deemed to be unsafe.