Motorcycle Safety Review

On 5 January 2015, the formation of a Government Agency working group was announced to examine the safety of motorcycling in Western Australia and to recommend potential short and medium term initiatives that could be pursued.

The formation of the Motorcycle Safety Review Group (MSRG) reflects the Government’s concern about the over-representation of motorcyclists in road trauma generally and the increase in motorcyclist deaths that occurred in 2014. 

Statistics

In 2016 there were 40 motorcyclists killed on WA roads. This is higher than for 2015 (23 killed).

Composition and Terms of Reference

The membership of the MSRG includes representatives from:

  • Department of Transport
  • Insurance Commission of Western Australia
  • Main Roads Western Australia
  • Road Safety Commission
  • Office of the Minister for Road Safety
  • Western Australia Police

The objectives of the MSRG are to:

  • Develop evidence-based strategies to improve motorcyclist safety;
  • Review current and recent data on motorcyclist safety in WA;
  • Liaise with motorcycle rider and industry stakeholders;
  • Recommend to the Minister for Road Safety initiatives that have a sound evidential base; and
  • Provide the Road Safety Council with a report with agreed initiatives which has been endorsed by the agency CEOs.
 

Progress to Date

The MSRG agencies collaborated since early February 2015 on an extensive data-sharing process which allow a more detailed understanding of motorcycle safety than previously undertaken in WA.

Crashes in 2013 and 2014 in which a motorcyclist was killed or catastrophically injured were examined. Information on the rider’s licensing history, traffic offence history, vehicle registration, the physical environment of the crashes was analysed by Dr Peter Palamara, from the Curtin Monash Accident Research Centre (C-MARC), to paint a fuller picture of some of the issues surrounding these tragic crashes.

A broad analysis of the types of crashes represented in motorcycle crashes from 2009-2013 was also undertaken.

The review resulted in 39 short and long term actions, which are being implemented on an ongoing basis between 2016 and 2020.