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In the wake of the strong response to QLD's Motorcycle discussion paper, QLD Minister Scott Emerson seems to be favourable towards motorcycle filtering and a change to both the road rules and helmet laws. Well done to MRAQ for their role in this outcome! Well done to those who took the time to respond.
For those that are wondering what the big deal is about the latter items, it's currently illegal to stretch your leg/s on a motorcycle. It's also illegal to wear the world's best and safest helmets if they haven't been through the expensive local approval processes. VMC has made local submissions on both topics as part of an Australian Motorcycle Council nationally coordinated strategy. Stay tuned.
Letters to Ministers /Ministerial Responses MRAQ Response to Minister http://www.mraqld.org/uploads/Letters%20to%20Ministers%20and%20Responses/Response%20to%20discussion%20on%20motorcycle%20road%20rule%20271.PDF
We are aware of the closure on Kenilworth-Brooloo Road in the North Coast region and associated detour due to reconstruction works, and would like to advise you of these works for your information.
The works follow inspections which identified the need to replace the aged steel deck and complete general maintenance works. As the entire deck needs to be removed and replaced, a fulltime closure for this section of road needs to be put into place until late August, weather permitting.
Works and the associated closure are scheduled to start from 27 May 2014.
This discussion paper considers three initiatives:
1. Lane filtering
2. Motorcycle control
3. Motorcycle helmets
The Motorcycle Riders' Association of Queensland Inc.(MRAQ)is the official voice of Queensland's road riding motorcycles, off-road motorcycles, scooters and trikes communities. With more than 186,193 motorcycles and scooters now registered in Queensland, it is imperative that these people are being properly considered as a legitimate part of the transport mix.
The MRAQ's primary role is to convey the road safety concerns and suggestions of the road/offroad motorcycles, scooter, trikes riding community to relevant government bodies and work with them to achieve the goal of improving motorcycle, scooter and trike safety. It also provides information from its work back to the riding community in order to facilitate the achievement of its objectives. The MRAQ has been representing Queensland motorcycle and scooter riders at the highest levels since 1982.
The MRAQ's objectives are to:
- Promote road safety
- Promote a better image for motorcycling
- Work for fair and sensible legislation on behalf of all motorcyle enthusiasts
- Participate in charitable and community service activities
MRAQ supports responsible, safe, yet enjoyable riding practices, and encourages on/off road motorcycle, trike and scooter riders to participate in advanced rider training and track days to safely develop their skills and experience safely in a non-public road environment.
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