Hervey Bay to have their say on motorcycle road rule changes

by Ted Sorensen
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Hervey Bay road users can now have their say on possible road rule changes to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety affecting motorcycle riders.

Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said the Motorcycle Discussion Paper will be live on the “Get Involved” website for six weeks as part of the Queensland Government’s promise to revitalise front line services.

“I encourage all Hervey Bay road users to give their feedback about potential road rule changes,” Ted said.

“Easing congestion on our roads and making it easier for motorcyclists to ride are the main purposes behind a new discussion paper for Queenslanders to have their say on.

“While Labor was happy to bring in motorcycle legislation that was unclear we want to ensure our legislation reflects the reality of how motorcycle riders actually use our road.

“There are three main points of discussion as part of the paper including lane filtering, rules on how a rider sits on a bike rules and helmet standards.

“Lane filtering is when riders move at low speeds between vehicles that are stopped or moving slowly and is already practiced by some motorcycle riders.

“The rules around this practice are not clear however and if it is done safely, it could help to ease traffic congestion for all road users.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said other proposed changes include broadening the rules and reducing red tape.

“Currently the legislation dictates where riders must have their hands and feet and how they must sit,” Mr Emerson said.

“While the intention of the rule was to prevent reckless and dangerous behaviour it doesn’t take into account the everyday practicalities of riding a motorcycle.

“By broadening the rules it will mean a rider can remove their feet to reverse park or take their hands off the handle to adjust their visor and not be in breach of the law.

“Under the proposed changes any helmet approved under international standards that meets the same protection as Australian standards will be allowed.

All road users are encouraged to have their say on these changes by filling out the online survey at www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au

 

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