The Melbourne media all but ignored the report from parliamentary inquiry into motorcycle and scooter safety launched in Melbourne on December 12.
When something bad happens involving riders we get lots of media attention but not when it’s something positive.
The Victorian Road Safety Committee did an excellent job. The report is a blueprint for more than bike safety, it’s a plan to give riders a fair go both in the corridors of power and on the road.
Many things were documented in the report but some stood out more than others. Motorcycle and scooter riding has never been safer. The number of bikes on our roads will continue to grow. Safety data is not as reliable as it should be.
The committee recommends an independent body to handle crash and hospital data, a responsibility previously spread across too many departments. That’s got to be good for all road users.
Fluoro vest laws won’t happen and more protective clothing will not be compulsory, at least not until a quality rating system has been established.
The 326,000 plus Victorians licenced to ride are legitimate road users. Their choice of powered two-wheel transport brings many benefits to society in general and to regional Victoria in particular.
Touring motorcycle and scooter riders spend an estimated $700 million dollars a year on recreational riding. We pay our way. What we need is more driver awareness and a fair go on the road.
Damien Codognotto, Independent Riders’ Group, Melbourne