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New dashcam recorder for motorcycles

More and more dashcam evidence is convicting traffic offenders and protecting vulnerable motorcyclists involved in SMIDSY crashes. Riders have a few options: Riders can wear a helmet camera which even Queensland police recommend and most police use, although Victoria police still believe it is illegal; Queensland police helmet with camera …

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Improve rider and bike visibility says Uni

Visibility of riders and their motorcycles should be increased and high-speed limits in rural areas reduced, a new Monash University’s Accident Research Centre report suggests. This is despite the report acknowledging that motorcycle crash rates have decreased as a proportion of the number of riders. (In NSW and Victoria alone, …

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MotoCAP rates eight textile jackets

The world’s first motorcycle clothing safety ratings program, MotoCAP, rates eight new textile jackets poorly for safety and comfort. Unlike the 10 leather jackets MotoCAP rated when it launched in September, none of the textile jackets rates more than two stars for comfort or safety. An official MotoCAP release says they …

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Police seek riders in lane filtering incidents

ACT police have asked for help to identify two riders who were videoed in separate incidents where a car swerved toward them while they were legally lane-filtering. The incidents occurred on Majura Parkway on Tuesday, October 30. One incident is shown in this video which we published on November 2. Police were …

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Move to emergency motorcycle brake assist

German automotive technology company Continental AG plans to be the first with a motorcycle emergency brake-assist system that applies extra brake pressure when it senses a crash. Their system would not be automatic like in some cars that take over braking duties from the driver. Continental recognises that motorcycles are …

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Speed not the biggest killer, says MCC NSW

Speed is cited as the biggest killer on our roads because of a lack of expertise among police accident investigators, says Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Steve Pearce. He says police accident investigators are not trained enough in motorcycle accident investigation. “Are investigators using speed as a catch-all reason for …

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Leniency on motorcycle edge filtering rule

Queensland is the only state that allows edge filtering on some roads and now riders have been granted further leniency when the speed limit is temporarily changed. Lane filtering was introduced in 2015 under the former Liberal State Government, thanks to lobbying by the Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland. The …

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Lane filtering rules vary across borders

Riders crossing state and territory borders should be aware that motorcycle lane filtering rules and penalties vary substantially. This week the ACT joined most of Australia (except NT and WA which is joining soon) with lane-filtering rules after a protracted 30-month trial. However, the rules vary from just over the …

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