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The new Australian motorcycle sales law that will ‘save hundreds’ of lives

1 Dec , 2017,
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The new regulation will require technologies such as anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and combined braking systems (CBS) to be a standard feature on motorcycles.
The new regulation will require technologies such as anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and combined braking systems (CBS) to be a standard feature on motorcycles.

New motorbikes sold in Australia will have to be fitted with advanced braking systems from late 2019, in a move hoped to save hundreds of lives.

The Federal Government on Friday announced the new requirements to bring Australia in line with Europe, Japan and other major markets.

Motorcycle riders were 20 times more at risk of being killed in a crash than someone in a car per kilometre travelled and account for nearly one in five road deaths.

Riders are 20 times more at risk of being killed in a crash than someone in a car per kilometre travelled.
Riders are 20 times more at risk of being killed in a crash than someone in a car per kilometre travelled.Picture: The West Australian

Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher estimates the wider use of safer braking technologies could save close to 600 lives over 15 years.

“Providing bike riders with machines capable of slowing and stopping more quickly and safely is one way we can help ensure that the risks associated with motorcycle riding are significantly reduced,” he said in a statement.

The new regulation will require technologies such as anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and combined braking systems (CBS) to be a standard feature on motorcycles.

Research shows ABS and CBS can reduce motorcycle-related road trauma in Australia by more than 30 per cent, Mr Fletcher said.

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Police launch DayGlo bikes and gear

Dec , 2017,
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Queensland Police have today launched their new DayGlo yellow motorcycles and high-visibility motorcycle police jackets to “send a message”.

In launching Operation Papa Guardian for the summer, Acting Deputy Commissioner Bob Gee says “high visibility on the road saves lives”.

“We make no apology for being highly visible,” he said.
DayGlo Queensland Police
Top cops (from left): Assistant Commissioner Michael Keating, Acting Deputy Commissioner Bob Gee and Road Policing Operation Inspector Peter Flanders

Motorcycle police with the new DayGlo livery will patrol the Bruce, Warrego and Cunningham highways over summer “focusing on the Fatal Five”.

“We don’t want to give out tickets today,” he said.

“But we make no apology for enforcing the law.”

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CARR-Q Motorcycle, Scooter and Moped Riders Survey

Dec , 2017,
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CARR-Q Motorcycle, Scooter and Moped Riders Survey

CARR-Q are doing a survey about Motorcycle, Scooter and Moped riders primarily in Qld and would like your input. So if you click on this link https://research.qut.edu.au/carrsq/queensland-motorcycle-scooter-rider-survey/ and read through what is required and follow the links to do the survey. At the end of it you do have a chance of winning a voucher but by taking part of this survey you help out in more ways in the future of riding Thank for your time….

Survival Skills Offer

24 Nov , 2017,
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So if you are on Facebook look this blokes page up  https://www.facebook.com/SurvivalSkills/ he is a wealth of knowledge and is more than happy to share it in a way that is welcomed and a rarity in this self-opinionated ego-driven world.
Don’t forget to download his e-book link is down the page.
Kind Regards
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*** COMMENT *** 2900 and counting – FREE DOWNLOAD
It doesn’t seem that long ago that I wrote that the Survival Skills Facebook page was approaching 2000 likes but our community continues to grow and grow and we’re fast approaching the next milestone of 3000 likes.

That’s a pretty impressive figure, so I’m going to take the opportunity to welcome the 900 new ‘likes’ and to offer many thanks to all of you who support my page.

As a mark of appreciation, here’s a download link to the Survival Skills FREE GUIDE “Motorcycle Accident Top 10”.

It’s a short ebook all about how to recognise the situations that catch riders out, and how to avoid getting caught out.

No log-ins, no passwords… just click, download, read and keep!

https://app.box.com/s/qqeeqxmx94uvsxrsp8rav951arkcalni

It would be great if we can top the 3000 mark before Christmas, so if you have biking buddies that you think would enjoy the page and the free download please recommend it to them.

LNP promises paramedic bikers for Queensland

17 Nov , 2017,
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LNP promises paramedic bikers for Queensland

Motorcycle-riding paramedics, dubbed RAAMBOs, would ride south-east Queensland streets under an LNP government.

The policy, aimed at cutting response times in congested areas, was labelled misguided and potentially dangerous by the paramedics’ heavily pro-Labor union but cautiously welcomed by a leading emergency services researcher.

It would see the bikes return to the state for the first time since a trial on the Gold Coast was discontinued in the early 2000s and follow on from the recent introduction of bicycle paramedics for the Commonwealth Games.

Seven bikes and 12 trained paramedics would be included in the initial rollout promised by mid-2018, with the possibility of a statewide rollout to follow.

“These motorcycle paramedics will be ready to respond to any emergency with similar equipment to that carried in ambulances, including defibrillators for cardiac arrests,” LNP leader Tim Nicholls said.

“Mobile paramedics play a very important role in gaining vital minutes for patients where crippling traffic congestion and access are problems.

“This dedicated unit will cut response times and help save lives in some of our busiest regions.”

Labor was yet to commit any extra funding towards the Queensland Ambulance Service in the election campaign.

A spokesman for the United Voice union, which had donated more than $300,000 to the ALP by early October, welcomed the extra resources but said they would be better directed toward traditional ambulances.

“It might be a little bit faster but there’s a huge risk associated with us (riding bikes),” he said.

“I guess the big difference between us and say a police officer on a motorbike is the amount of gear that we carry is significantly higher and then obviously trying to maintain the fairly significant training course just to ride a motorcycle lights and sirens through trucks and traffic.”

LNP health spokesman John-Paul Langbroek said motorcycle paramedics had been “extremely successful” in New South Wales, Victoria, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Central Queensland University professor Brian Maguire said there was no research on the safety impacts of motorcycle paramedics but they could improve response times in congested areas.

Any implementation should be evaluated, he said.

The new paramedics would be called Rapid Action Ambulance Mobile Bike Officers (RAAMBOs)

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland-election-2017/lnp-promises-paramedic-bikers-for-queensland-20171117-p4yx2l.html

MRAQ Annual Report

10 Nov , 2017,
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MRAQ Annual Report for 2016 to 2017 as you may be aware we send this to our membership first and then post it here. To all that support and have supported the MRAQ over the years, we appreciate it immensely, and couldn’t do this voluntary work without your support. We at the MRAQ take our position within motorcycle advocacy very seriously when working for you, the riders…..

The Annual Report is attached again that you the rider, for your support.

MRAQ Presidents Report 2016-2017

Changing driving laws to support automated vehicles

8 Oct , 2017,
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The purpose of this project is to develop legislative reform options to:
clarify the application of current driver and driving laws to automated vehicles
establish legal obligations for automated driving system (ADS) entities.

Have your say

National Transport Commission has released a discussion paper seeking feedback from transport agencies, police, industry, and other interested parties on how Australian governments should amend driver laws to facilitate the introduction of automated vehicles.

The paper raises 14 questions relating to current driver laws. The key question is:

should driving laws change to allow an automated driving system (ADS) to drive—rather than a human—and ensure that an entity is responsible for the actions of the vehicle when the ADS is driving?

The NTC is seeking feedback on options to reform laws to achieve this and other issues that arise if the ADS is legally permitted to drive.

Consultation closes on Friday 24 November 2017.

For more information on how to make a submission, refer to the ‘Get Involved’ section below.

Feedback from consultation will be used to develop reform options for the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting in May 2018.

Click Here To Have Your Say.. http://www.ntc.gov.au/current-projects/changing-driving-laws-to-support-automated-vehicles/?modeId=1064&topicId=1166

How’s your roadcraft?

Oct , 2017,
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Check out the 6 part series into all manner of motorcycling skills and please ride well…

When you’re riding a bike on the open road, you’re about as vulnerable as it gets. Roadcraft is a vital part of your skill set and fundamental to developing your sixth sense as a rider.

AMC backs motorcycle protective clothing research

3 Oct , 2017,
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Australian Motorcycle Council welcomes ratings system for protective clothing

Motorcyclists around Australia and New Zealand will soon have access to more information about the safety of protective clothing with the formation of a working group and commencement of a pilot program at Deakin University.

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Freedom Ride 2017

18 Sep , 2017,
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Hi Everyone,
Riders please mark your calendars and save this date as the Motorcycle Riders Association (MRAQ) in association with Queensland Bikers are presenting the FREEDOM RIDE on the 18th of November 2017. It will start from the BP Northbound. Sign up from 9.30 am onwards, stands up and on the road at 10.30am. First stop Kenilworth Hotel for lunch, then along some different roads to the Landsborough Hotel for the last stop. This event is always a good day, for all level of rider, novice to experienced, we will have corner markers and our tail-end charlie towing the MRAQ trailer, so no one will get lost or left behind… Please come along and say hello and introduce yourself, as we love to meet new people that love to ride. If you need more info, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or by phone the information is on the flyer. Hope to see you all there ready for a great day on the FREEDOM RIDE 2017.