Motorcycle riders collaborate at safety forum
More than 50 people who ride motorcycles engaged with the State Government recently to address road safety for riders.
Delegates at the Motorcycle Safety Forum 2018 were the first in Western Australia to learn about the Motorcycle Safety Reforms Consultation Paper and Survey, that will help government shape legislation and licensing to make roads safer for riders.
The forum was opened by Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts, and Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron provided an overview of the state’s progress of Towards Zero, including an explanation of the Safe System approach to road safety
Representatives from the Road Safety Commission and the Department of Transport addressed delegates about the proposed changes outlined in the Motorcycle Safety Reforms Consultation Paper:
- Amendments to the Road Traffic Code 2000, to provide clarity regarding the practices of motorcycle lane filtering and splitting; and
- Enhancing the current licensing and testing requirements for motorcycles and mopeds by including:
- a minimum learner’s permit tenure period;
- a pre-licence motorcycle specific Hazard Perception Test (HPT);
- a minimum two-year restricted licence (LAMS) phase on R-E class motorcycles; and
- increasing the rigour of the two motorcycle PDA (for R-E class and R class vehicles). Assessments for R class vehicles to be more rigorous than that of R -E class vehicles, reflecting the higher order skills required for a more powerful motorcycle.
The delegates then participated in a group consultation and provided immediate feedback on the motorcycle safety reforms.
People who ride motorcycles and mopeds, as well as other road users, are encouraged to provide their input by reading the Motorcycle Safety Reforms Consultation Paper
(PDF, 28 pages).
The consultation period closes on 23 July 2018.