Motorcycle licensing - Proposals to protect motorcyclists
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Road Safety Minister Jennifer Rankine has released a discussion paper outlining six proposals aimed at reducing the over-representation of motorcycle deaths and serious injuries.
Motorcycle riders are almost 30 times more likely to be killed in a crash than drivers of other vehicles, per billion kilometres travelled.
"Last year, 103 people died on South Australian roads, of these 21 were motorcyclists. Over the last decade, 174 motorcyclists were killed and 1649 were seriously injured on the State’s roads,” Ms Rankine said.
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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.