Author Archives: Adam Smith-Platts

From the AMC: BITRE Road Deaths Summary – June 2018

This is a guest posting from Shaun Lennard, chairman of the Australian Motorcycle Council

Six months in to this year, and it’s looking like “good” news based on the monthly national summary of road deaths. The report for June 2018 was published yesterday. The total motorcycle fatalities year-to-date has returned to where it was a couple […]

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From the AMC: ARRB

This is a guest posting from Guy Stanford from the Australian Motorcycle Council

David Milling, from the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), was the rider of the hi-tech FJR1300 used by ARRB to collect data as part of studies in recent years conducted in Queensland and South Australia into motorcycles and road infrastructure.
Last month, Dave made […]

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Motorcycle Safety with Regard to Light Rail Construction Process

The following article, released in the Canberra Times on 27 April, highlights issues raised by the public regarding the light rail works’ ‘level crossings’ and if they are indeed appropriately safe, for all motor and on-road vehicles.
Have you encountered any such unsafe situations, specifically on a motorcycle, or witnessed anything? If so, feel free to […]

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ACT Black Dog 1 Dayer 2018

On Sunday 18 March, some of the MRA ACT committee took part in the ACT leg of the Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer; going from Queenbeyan to Batemans Bay.
The MRA ACT enjoys contributing to and/or taking part in causes that benefit riders, and the general community, and it was a pleasure to ride together with […]

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***CALLING ALL STATES*** AMC Welcomes Road Rule Changes

It is with great privilege to be able to relay the Australian Motorcycle Council’s media release concerning the new nationally-agreed Australian Road Rules published this week.
Of note are the following:

Formalise the use of European helmets certified to UN/ECE 22-05
UN/ECE 22-05 provide safer helmets and a more competitive market

Clarify that standards compliance for helmets is at […]

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Supporting Our Community – Thanks from St John’s Care

Rhonda Thorpe, Operations Manager to St John’s Care, sent a beautiful letter of thanks to all MRA ACT members for the continued generosity and support of community organisations such as theirs.
An excerpt from the letter:

Last year in the Present Room, we were able to provide major gifts, books and stocking fillers for around 525 children […]

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From the AMC: Towards 2020: Vital Next Phase of Automated Vehicle Regulation Approved

This is a guest posting from Guy Stanford from the Australian Motorcycle Council

AUTOMATED VEHICLES
What is proper control of a vehicle?
The big question is WHO is liable in the case of a crash with an automated vehicle (property damage and injury compensation).

Many road authority administrators believe that replacing humans with robots will solve all the problems […]

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From the AMC: Helmet Videos

This is a guest posting from Guy Stanford from the Australian Motorcycle Council

With all the confusion around helmets and helmet laws, MCC of NSW got some funds from Transport for NSW to clarify some issues and move discussions away from “stupid laws” and onto a proper discussion about helmets.
We’ve made three YouTube videos

WHICH helmet do […]

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Inquiry into the planning, management and delivery of road maintenance in the ACT

The committee of the MRA ACT submitted a response to the Legislative Assembly’s Inquiry into the planning, management and delivery of road maintenance in the ACT.
You can view our submission, and those from other individual/s and/or groups, here.

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Driving Anger Research

The University of the Sunshine Coast is currently conducting a study to identify what situations make motorcyclists and drivers angry – an area of research that has not been thoroughly examined.
The study is being conducted online, and we encourage as many ACT road users as possible to take part.
The MRA ACT is also making queries […]

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