Australian Motorcycle Conference 8th – 9th September 2018
Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria
Shaun/ Road Safety Strategy review this week.
Motorcycle infrastructure report by David Milling) AARB – to MRD/RSC
Brian BAC for mc riders .02 review road safety strategy
Peter Penalties for drug use detection compared to bac
SA funding to AMC
MRA Queensland – emails from Chris – minutes/ AMC conference/timing issues -resolved by 2016 conference minutes.
Attempt to recruit the MRA Queensland back to AMC if posable? Shaun to respond to Chris.
Peter- in response to MRA QLD past problems with complying with constitution now all full in compliance with constitution act of South Australia where the AMC is registered.
TMC are now two years behind in paying subs.
Damien Cogniato and IRG/ MRA Australian/Victoria name. No longer using IRG name tag. Now MRA Melbourne.
Anti-association laws passed TAS. Parliament last week
Motorcycle Writer article on WRB not based to European quotes that where sent as private emails to the widow of the fatal rider contravened press requirements.
Reports/ email from Damien IRG possibly slanderous to AMC and Shaun
Next year is federal election year.
Ebi – memorandum of understanding Motocap
Payment not received from MRAWA
Review of accounts by Nicky Hussey. all good other than lack of some expenditure approvals evidence.
All funds have been transferred to Bendigo Bank from Commonwealth Bank.
Road Safety Barrier Committee (non-active)
Road Signs and traffic signals standards committee
Parking committee (active )AS 2890-2 AS 2890-5 AS2890-1 on footpath parking 1.8m/1,2m (road rule/ no footpath parking
Road marking standards (not a member at this time But applying to be a member)
Clothing Committee report
AMC representing many mc groups in Australia and NZ Australia wide
The launch of Motocap is Wednesday 12th September 2018
The AMC has signed a membership agreement with Transport NSW to be part of the Motocap Focus Group.
Water spray test
Position statement review
www.motocap.com.au launched on Wednesday afternoon.
This action is all about education for riders and an opportunity for clothing manufacturers at improve their products and for riders being able to make the right choice for their needs.
Comment on Sub Committees
Shaun – Next years to reinvigorate the range of committees with the involvement of our delegates.
Peter – we need to use the AMC funds more wisely and to use the funds on committees and possibly conferences within Australia.
Rhys Griffiths (FCAI Motorcycle Manager)
2018 summary (Jan-Aug)
Current sales – overall down 5.1%
Drop in sales of 3321 units
FCIA only records about 85% of the market
Motorcycle with ABS are about 80% of total sales
Off road 43% road bikes 52% (LAMS bikes are the vast majority of sales.
Scooter are less than 5% of total sales – E-Bikes are possibly one reason due to the fact that you do not need a riders licence, insurance or registration able to use cycle and shared paths.
Australian wide 870,00 registered motorcycles and up to 1.5 million vehicles in the entire fleet.
2.1 million mc licence holders.
Suggestion that the MTA train motorcycle technicians as they do car technicians in an attempt to fix the massive shortage.
Tour of Motorcycle Clothing testing Laboratory by Professor Christopher Hurren.
We were shown around the extensive facility and given demonstrations of the testing procedures and equipment that has been developed and his team by Christopher, to test motorcycle protective clothing that will be part of the Star Rating soon to be announced. This new star rating will give all of us a much better understanding of what is on the market so that we are able to choose the best and safest clothing that we need.
Returning Officer – Wendy Taylor
Vice Chair – Dave Wright
Secretary – Ebi Lux
Treasurer – Brian Wood
General position – Peter Baulch
General position – vacant
Road Safety Barriers – Brian Wood
Signs – Brian Wood
Parking – Brian Wood
Helmets – Guy Stanford
Member State Reports
TAS. Not received
ACT. Not received
QLD. Not received
To remain at $400.00 per member
Autonomous vehicles, how will they affect motorcycles. Sub Committee to be set up examining the impact on motorcycles.
Updated within 2 weeks (Shaun to undertake this action)
Australian Consumer Federation (fees to be paid)
Queensland MRA membership issue
Write a letter to MRAQ explaining that the AMC is in compliance with our constitution and the incorporation act in South Australia, and advise them that they are not financial.
Quarterly reports to be sent to AMC sub-committee coordinator.
Helmets – Guy Stanford
Autonomous vehicles – Brian Wood
Training and Licencing-
Media and marketing-
Off Road –
Research and Data-
Email groups to be checked to ensure that they are up to date.
2019 AGM Meeting/Conference
David Milling – ARRB
Motorcycle specific or considered road design
Design courses run by ARRB to educate engineers and designers on the needs of riders
Road infrastructure is only one section of the safe system (safer roads)
Public health issue.
Safety/cost benefit. Risk before and after motorcycle friendly road treatments.
Increase sightlines and clear zones
Katie Minogue – Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
Currently working on advocacy for injured motorcycle riders, they are representing individual riders for a sensible payment for injuries from personal injury insurers.
They recently represented a rider in NSW, pro bono for having a camera fitted to his motorcycle helmet, they took this through the Magistrates Court and the Court of Appeals to eventually get a positive outcome for the rider. In this case Maurice Blackburn where awarded court costs and as this was a pro bono case they have reserved these funds to go into a worthwhile motorcycle project.
They are currently representing a rider who was given a fine for not having a sticker on the back of his helmet, this case is on-going. One of the issues that they are very interested in is road conditions and loose stone resurfacing in an effort to reduce the number of motorcycle crashes in these circumstances. To this end they sit on several road safety panels representing vulnerable road users.
They are currently building a motorcycle with every known safety feature as a demonstration, this will be on display at the Philip Island Moto GP and will be given away as a prize to one luck rider.
David Hawker AO – Chair of the Victorian Government Motorcycle Expert Advisory Panel and former Speaker of the
House of Representatives
This advisory panel was set up three years ago and its members consist of the Minister for Road Safety, the Ministers Senior Advisor, Transport Accident Commission, VicRoads, Dept. Of Transport, Victorian Police and seven active motorcycle riders from different organisations and associations. He advised us that many of the fatal motorcycle crashed in Victoria are on unlicensed riders and stolen motorcycles, i believe this is similar in WA. He also stated that he would like to see the safety levy imposed on all motorcycle riders in Victoria used to VicRoads to improve motorcycle infrastructure.
This was a very busy 2 days, however it was very enlightening.
Motorcycle Riders Association of W.A. Inc.