Motorcycle licensing - Proposals to protect motorcyclists

motorcycle discussion paper
Download the discussion paper (PDF, 1496 KB)
Download the outcomes from the public consultation (PDF, 1432 KB)
Read the media release (PDF, 88 KB)

In September 2012, the Government released a discussion paper outlining six proposals aimed at reducing the over-representation of motorcycle deaths and serious injuries.

In total, 443 submissions on the discussion paper were received.

The response to the proposals was positive and reflects the community’s concerns regarding the vulnerability of motorcycle riders and pillion passengers on our roads. There was support for the majority of the proposals as well as additional community feedback on issues regarding motorcycle safety. A copy of the outcomes report can be viewed here (PDF, 1432 KB).

In August 2013, the new Road Safety Action Plan 2013-2016 was released. This includes several initiatives that are designed to reduce motorcyclist road trauma, such as identifying locations for motorcycle infrastructure investment, development and delivery of a motorcycle refresher course and motorcycle communication campaign development. A copy of the Motorcycle Action Plan fact sheet can be viewed here.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has briefed key motorcycle groups of the outcomes and established a Motorcycle Reference Group consisting of key motorcycle stakeholders. The Government will continue to work with stakeholders to improve motorcycle road safety.

The discussion paper outlines the following proposals:                                                                                                                                                                                             

1. Requiring a car licence to be held for at least 12 months before being eligible to apply for a motorcycle learner’s permit.
Under this proposal, a motorcycle learner's permit would not be able to be obtained unless the applicant holds a car licence or at least a P1 Provisional licence for 12 months.

2. Compulsory six month period between the Basic and Advanced Rider Safe training courses.

Under this proposal riders who already hold a driver's licence will be required to spend at least six months in the learner's permit stage.
3. Requiring all licence holders endorsed with R-Date to have zero blood alcohol concentration (BAC) while riding a motorcycle.
Under this proposal alcohol would be banned for inexperienced riders, due to effects on perceptual-motor skills and the rider's balance on the bike.
4. Introducing specific licensing and training requirements for riders of mopeds (motorcycles with an engine capacity not exceeding 50 millilitres).
Under this proposal moped riders would be required to undertake Basic Rider Safe training.
5. Riders with an R-Date licence endorsement (including riders of mopeds) to be banned from carrying a pillion passenger.
Under this proposal a pillion passenger ban would be effective until riders obtain an unrestricted R class licence endorsement.
6. Exploring options for a Motorcycle Safety Fund dedicated to motorcycle safety initiatives to address high and disproportionate risks.

This proposal aims to determine costs and benefits associated with the possible introduction of a Motorcycle Safety Fund.

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