Public consultation begins on further motorcycle safety reforms

Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron has encouraged the public to have their say on the future of motorcycle safety in Western Australia.

22 Jun 2018
Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron has encouraged the public to have their say on the future of motorcycle safety in Western Australia.

The State Government will today release the Motorcycle Safety Reforms Consultation Paper.

Motorcyclists are amongst our most vulnerable road users, and the Road Safety Commission is seeking responses to a range of suggestions to improve motorcycling safety.

Mr Cameron said the consultation paper was accompanied by a survey that asks for comment on the following proposed reforms:
  • 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 number of people in Western Australia choosing to use a motorcycle as their means of transport has more than doubled since 2008, more than any other state,” said Mr Cameron.

“Motorcycle riders continue to be over-represented in serious crashes on our roads, and these proposed reforms are aimed at improving their safety.”

You can read the Motorcycle Safety Reforms Consultation Paper on the Road Safety Commission website at www.rsc.wa.gov.au/Motorcycle-Safety-Survey
Motorcycle riders continue to be over-represented in serious crashes on our roads.
The survey will be open for one month, closing on 23 July 2018.