Monthly Archives:October 2014

Changes to motorcycle laws

31 Oct , 2014,
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The MRAQ wishes to advise all motorcyclists of the upcoming changes to the laws on Lane Filtering, Vehicle Control and Helmets as contained in the attached link.
The association has been been working on having these laws revised for a considerable time and it is pleasing to get a response that represents common sense.
It must be noted that these changes have not yet been enacted and that the current laws still remain until such time as they are.
We thank all of those that have supported the push for these changes and look forward to an ongoing effort to represent the rights of riders.

Ride smart. Read the road.

27 Oct , 2014,
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New app released for Rego Sticker Liberation Day.

21 Oct , 2014,
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Today 1st October Checking your car registration status will be simple for Queensland drivers following the release of a new app to coincide with Rego Sticker Liberation Day. Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin said that from today Queenslanders could rip off their sticky registration labels for good. “Cutting red tape for Queenslanders is all part of the LNP Government’s strong plan for a bright future,” Mr Minnikin said. “Rego Sticker Liberation Day means motorists can pry off their windscreen label one last time, without the hassle of trying to apply a new one…………

“All vehicles up to 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass, including cars, motorcycles and light trailers, no longer need to show a label, regardless of whether the registration has expired or not.”

Mr Minnikin said the change brought Queensland into line with all other states and territories in Australia and would save taxpayers up to $3.5 million a year in postage and printing costs.

“Those savings are better spent on improving services and providing cost of living relief for families,” he said.

“While car registration went up by 30 per cent over five years under Labor, we have kept our promise to freeze private motor vehicle registration fees for three years from 1 July 2012 – benefiting approximately 2.5 million family vehicles.”

Mr Minnikin warned the new era was not an excuse to stop registering your vehicle.

“Motorists will still receive their registration notice in the mail, along with payment option information and a fee breakdown,” he said.

“Police and TMR will continue to crack down on unregistered vehicles through current enforcement and the expansion of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras.”

To check the registration of any vehicle, download the QLD Rego Check app for free from iTunes or Google Play, visit or phone TMR on 13 23 80

Safety in numbers: G20 leaders call for more motorcycle riders.

15 Oct , 2014,
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At the G20 meeting, world leaders have called for improved safety for motorcycle riders by getting more riders on the roads. This mockumentary news report has an important safety message behind it. Research has shown that having more riders on the roads increases the awareness and visibility of riders by motor vehicle drivers. This reduces accidents and improves rider safety. This video by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers is part of their Stop SMIDSY campaign. Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You (SMIDSY) are words no rider should hear. Thanks to the team at Gozer Studios for producing this video.

Watch Video Here.

Jan “PINKIE” Moorby

1 Oct , 2014,
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It is with a sad heart i have to inform you of the passing of Jan “Pinkie” Moorby she passed at 4am this morning in the arms of her devoted husband Kiwi. For those that may not know Pinkie she was the Secretary of the MRAQ for a few years and a great little ambassador of motorcycling. Funeral details will be posted when we have them, be rest assured the colour Pink will be part of this celebration of Life.
R.I.P Pinkie