Monthly Archives:October 2013

Hotline to advise police of your ride

31 Oct , 2013,
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MRAQ would like to remind you this not compulsory to advice police of your ride.

Motorcycle riders will now have to ring a police hotline number if they want to ride in groups of three or more in peace.
That is the preposterous proposal given to recreational riders today at an hour-long meeting with Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and Taskforce Maxima representatives over the implementation of the so-called Vicious Lawless Associations Disestablishment (VLAD) Act .
Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland president Chris Mearns (pictured left) says the hotline idea is “insane”.
“In essence, we riders have to take action to protect ourselves from the police,” he says.
“Is that where we really want to be?”……

Chris says the hotline will be called Ride Safe, but he has no details of the phone number, when it will be set up and for how long riders will have to use the number to avoid being harassed by police with roadside licence checks.
“For ever and a day if you go riding with more than two people, the safest way to do it if you don’t want any interference is to ring the hotline … it’s insane,” he says.
Riders were also represented by Eva Cripps of the Australian Motorcycle Council and representatives of the HOG, Ulysses Club, Diggers Military Club, Patriots Military Club, Gold Coast Cruisers, Brothers in Arms Military Club, BMW Owners Club and the Military Brotherhood.
Chris says they provided five examples of police harassment of their clubs.
“None of those examples were denied by the Commissioner and they admitted that it was quite likely to continue,” he says.
“The only thing they could say was ‘sorry for that’.
“They said there were a lot of inexperienced officers who haven’t had to deal with this before so those situations are likely to happen.
“They promised they would try to put things into place to stop it.”
Eva flew in from Hobart especially for the meeting, but found the hotline suggestion “unacceptable”.
“As an interim measure it has allayed the fears of some of the clubs present, but I think it’s a dangerous precedent that if you don’t ring in you are likely to be targeted,” she says.
“A motorcycle is a legal form of transport and riders should be able to go for a ride without having to report to police.
“It’s like getting permission to do something that is legal.”
Chris says they proposed more meetings with recreational riders to discuss the VLAD Act.
“If they schedule a meeting, we’ll attend. You wouldn’t walk away from it.
“You have to keep the lines of communication open, but we still see major problems with this and god knows how long this situation will go on.”
Chris says the meeting may have been scheduled to head off the presentation of a petition tomorrow morning (November 1) against the VLAD Act.
It will be presented to the Deputy Opposition Leader, Bill Byrne, who is expected to table it in Parliament.
Click here to sign.
The Opposition Leader’s office expressed concern that a vast number of riders will attend the presentation which could trigger Parliament security to close the gates and lock us out, preventing us from lodging the petition.
They say security has been on high alert since the VLAD Act was passed.
To ensure our petition is lodged, we have promised to keep rider numbers low.
If you would like to attend, please email me at and we will tell you the time and place for the petition presentation.
If you would like to be part of a bigger show-of-numbers ride, Rebel FM is considering planning a major “In-Laws” ride where you bring one of your in-laws and another ride has been planned for 10am on Sunday, December 1, where riders are asked to go to their Parliament in each state as a show of support.

Queensland Police will scrutinize any bike riders traveling in threes under new laws.

8 Oct , 2013,
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THREE or more motorcyclists riding together will face police scrutiny regardless of whether they belong to an outlaw gang under laws before State Cabinet today.

The move has angered recreational bikers, who have branded them “ridiculous”.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie yesterday confirmed that riders would not have to be in club colours to warrant police attention if they were in groups of three or more.

But only members of criminal motorcycle gangs would face prosecution under the laws making it an offence for them to gather in groups.

Mr Bleijie said the legislation would help put an end to bikies’ “annual runs”.

“These criminal motorcycle gangs try to use their numbers to strike fear in the community,” he said.

“Limiting their ability to ride in big groups would make running their criminal enterprises more difficult and it would help prevent the kind of mass intimidation we saw at Broadbeach.

“It would also ease the disruption they cause during their annual runs.”

The draft laws are also expected to allow police to stop, search and photograph anyone in bikie club colours.

Currently, police have to have a warrant or reasonable suspicion the person is carrying drugs or a weapon to conduct a lawful search.

Laws proposed for the G20 giving police broader search powers have been condemned by civil libertarians as indiscriminate and over the top.

Other changes going to Cabinet today as part of proposed anti-racketeering laws will see bikies banned from specific locations – possibly even their own clubhouses – owning, operating or working in a tattoo parlour and wearing club colours in a licensed venue.

It is understood Premier Campbell Newman has personally briefed NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell on the proposals and wants him to help stop bikie reinforcements heading north to fight the laws.

The new moves would complement increased powers Mr Newman is also expected to introduce for the Crime and Misconduct Commission to require bikies to answer questions.

They are expected to be considered by Cabinet today with final announcements a week or fortnight away.

Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland president Chris Mearns said the new laws were “ridiculous”.

“There are over 500 social rider groups in Queensland and over 160,000 riders,” he said. “A considerable number of these regularly go for rides with their group and friends and should not be subjected to such unwarranted interference. It is a complete nonsense to be allocating police resources to the harassment of these people.”

Motorcyclists start campaign to ease traffic congestion and improve safety

7 Oct , 2013,
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Australia’s motorcycling community has joined forces with road safety advocates Maurice Blackburn in an online-campaign to urge State and Territory Governments to give the green light to ‘lane filtering’ to ease traffic congestion.

In a video released Monday 7 October 2013 (see here, the practice of lane filtering – which is legal in many places overseas – is explained graphically so that the community understands its economic and safety benefits and potential to reduce road congestion.

Lane filtering is defined as motorcycles moving between lanes of slow or stationary traffic. It is a way of riding that eases congestion for everyone while improving safety for motorcyclists when compared to being stopped in traffic. A large European study* shows it’s is safer for riders.

Shaun Lennard Chairman Australian Motorcycle Council said:

“Filtering makes sense. Road authorities around the world are at last recognising the positive contribution of motorcycle and scooter use in relieving congestion. It’s time Australia adopted it too.”

“I’ve seen filtering in action across the world – in Europe, Asia and South America.”

“As well as relieving congestion, there are safety benefits for riders too.”

John Voyage, Maurice Blackburn principal and road safety advocate said it was encouraging that a number of state and territory governments were already looking at lane filtering.

“In releasing this video we hope that policy makers see how this is a simple and effective practice. There is strong evidence from Europe that shows that its six times more dangerous for riders stuck behind stationary vehicles than it is for those allowed to filter through queuing traffic.”

Through the Stop SMIDSY (Sorry-mate-I-didn’t-see-you) campaign Maurice Blackburn is proud to be leading a growing campaign for change for riders, giving them a voice online and in social media, tackling legislative change and producing compelling advertising and awareness campaigns.

The video production was funded via Australia’s riding community who bought Stop SMIDSY t-shirts to fund the project.

*EU Motorcycle Accident In-depth Study (MAIDS) Final Report 2.0 2009.