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27 Jan , 2018,
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The Brisbane City Council has asked the MRAQ if we could contact all you riders out there for your help. Your help is needed in finding more places that could be turned into parking spots for motorcyclists. So we are asking for your experience with CBD parking and its surrounding areas. If you know any places that could park two or more motorcycles please let us know via this email address and your information will be passed onto the Brisbane City Council. Thank you for your time….

These are the deadliest times for traffic collisions according to this article.

Jan , 2018,
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Makes for some interesting reading, This is every road death since 1989

Road deaths are largely predictable and preventable — a fact public health experts have sought to underscore by discouraging use of the word “accident” when it comes to road crashes.

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Inattentional blindness: Why drivers may fail to see motorcycles in plain sight

7 Jan , 2018,
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The disproportionately high number of motorcycle-related traffic accidents may be linked to the way the human brain processes—or fails to process—information, according to new research published in Human Factors, “Allocating Attention to Detect Motorcycles: The Role of Inattentional Blindness.” The study examines how the phenomenon of inattentional blindness, or a person’s failure to notice an unexpected object located in plain sight, might explain the prevalence of looked-but-failed-to-see (LBFTS) crashes, the most common type of collision involving motorcycles.

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Antilock Braking System ABS and Controlled Braking System CBS for motorcycles.

14 Dec , 2017,
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Antilock Braking System ABS and Controlled Braking System CBS for motorcycles.

The MRAQ has put together from factual information not here say nor quotes in regards to and pertaining to the implementation Antilock Braking System ABS and Controlled Braking System CBS for motorcycles. We hope you are able to follow the process Thank you for your continuing support…

As per the draft rules, fitting ABS would be mandatory for all vehicles having more than 125 cc engine, which will cover the majority of bikes and scooters. While CBS is only for 125cc and under. While the deadline for all new models is from November 2019.

Here is the link to announcement from Minister…/dec…/pf071_2017.aspx

The Minister hasn’t gone into depth on what the requirements will be only to say they are in alignment with paragraph below

In line with action item 16c of the NRSS 2011-2020 and action item 7 of the NRSS Action Plan2015-17, the Department will shortly be considering the MUARC report towards the development of a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) for the adoption of ABS for new motorcycles in Australia.

ABS generally improves control over the vehicle and decreases stopping distances on dry and slippery surfaces. Due to fear of a locked wheel, riders often don’t apply the brake fully even in emergency situations, which contributes to a higher number of crashes. ABS can avoid the accident or reduce collision speed significantly.

As per the draft rules, fitting ABS would be mandatory for all vehicles having more than 125 cc engine, which will cover majority of bikes and scooters

CBS is a system for linking front and rear brakes on a motorcycle or scooter. In this, the rider’s action of depressing one of the brake levers applies both front and rear brakes. The amount of each brake applied is determined by a proportional control valve. CBS in all new models of two-wheelers having less than 125cc engine. In the case of existing models, the manufacturers have to do so from April 2018 onwards.

More information on this can be gathered from this link a graphic on page 16 is easy to follow…/Adoption-of-ABS-for-motorcy…

The ADR’s for Brakes on a motorcycle is required to be changed and as of now the ADR has not been changed
This is the current ADR re. assisted braking systems…/F2017L01221/Html/Text…

Currently the motorcycle types are not showing a required date so the legislative change has not yet been made in regards to ADR.

The Ministerial announcement is obviously just that – an announcement that the rule will be changed/added in the near future.

The information contained at the end of the ADR is the way that a system is certified. It is obviously the ECE standard/system.

So until the ADR changes have occured we can only rely on the information given…


NEW Date for Freedom Ride 24th Feb 2018

13 Dec , 2017,
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Hi Everyone,
After cancelling the ride due to inclement weather as we have a duty of care to you all, MRAQ is happy to bring you the new date,
24th Feb 2018.
Riders please mark your calendars and save this date for the Motorcycle Riders Association (MRAQ) in association with Queensland Bikers are presenting the FREEDOM RIDE on the 24th of February 2018. 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. Please check back on the morning of the ride. Hope to see you all there ready for a great day on the FREEDOM RIDE 2018.

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.

Original Article Here

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.”


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 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 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
MRAQ WebAdminSurvival Skills

*** 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!

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)