MCC Strategies

1.1 There is a need to address the behaviour of those motorcyclists who ride without consideration for their own safety or that of other road users.

1.1.1 MCC to promote concepts of mastery of riding.

1.1.2 MCC to promote motorcyclists' awareness and understanding of their share of responsibility for crashes or for avoiding them.

1.1.3 MCC to work with motoring writers to promote discussion within the whole road-user community, and build an understanding of what is meant by ‘road conditions’ in reference to 'appropriate riding/driving' or 'speed'.

1.1.4 MCC to research and promote motorcyclists’ awareness of the incidence and long-term outcomes of injuries.

1.1.5 MCC to work with other stakeholders for research to be funded into the causes and symptoms of fatigue, in order to:

  1. develop countermeasures

  2. develop new criteria to be applied in investigating fatigue in motorcycle crashes.

1.1.6 MCC to continue to work with behavioural experts to develop effective safety messages and strategies for motorcyclists.

1.1.7 MCC to work with other stakeholders to raise rider awareness of:

  1. the risks of fatigue, distraction and mental exhaustion affecting the riding task

  2. the risks of fatigue associated with discomfort and dehydration, due to inappropriate or ineffective clothing and physical exertion.

1.1.8 MCC to continue to work with the RTA to promote research and awareness of safe riding in groups.

1.1.9 MCC to continue to support awareness-raising campaigns about the risks of riding a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

1.2 There is a need to address the behaviour of those drivers who lack awareness and consideration for motorcyclists’ safety.

1.2.1 MCC to work with industry associations and other stakeholders to promote motorcyclist awareness by other road users.

1.2.2 MCC to work with other stakeholders for the reintroduction of general safe-driving messages to all road users (such as ‘The Wise Old Owl’ road safety campaign).

1.2.3 MCC to work with road safety authorities at federal, state and local government level:

  1. to promote motorcycle awareness by other road users in all road safety and licence- testing products

  2. to integrate motorcycle awareness as a regular part of general road safety messages and advertising campaigns.

  3. to integrate safety programs for motorcyclists, pedal cyclists and pedestrians in general with road safety messages directed towards motorists.

1.2.4 MCC to give recognition to responsible driving by other road users.

1.3 There is a need for motorcyclists to better understand and manage road hazards risks.

1.3.1 MCC to promote rider awareness of crash incidence, injuries, black spots and the types of traffic situations where errors occur.

1.3.2 MCC to work with local government and regional road safety personnel to identify and target motorcycle rest stops to promote safer riding behaviour.

1.4 There is a need to address unlicensed riding and reckless behaviour.

1.4.1 MCC to work with other stakeholders in government and industry, and seek funds for research to understand unlicensed and unregistered riding and develop strategies to reduce their incidence.

1.4.2 MCC to continue to support, promote and refine the LAM (Learner-Approved Motorcycle) scheme as a means to reduce unlicensed riding.

1.4.3 MCC to investigate the value of providing opportunities for novice riders to explore motorcycling in a safe, closed-road environment.

1.5 The crash reduction benefits of novice rider training and practice are not well established.

1.5.1 MCC to work through the Australian Motorcycle Council (AMC) to request that the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) promotes a national rider training syllabus which can then be audited.

1.5.2 MCC to work with the RTA to consider the
recommendations of the recent reviews of rider training.

1.5.3 MCC to support the RTA to continue to review the novice rider training curriculum, with a focus on:

  1. risk management strategies for dealing with problems, rather than focusing on control skills e.g. roadcraft, hazard perception, responding, and planning strategic avoidance

  2. the on-road component of the novice rider training and assessment system

  3. the introduction of stepped power-to-weight restrictions

  4. the Mature Age Rider Exemption Scheme (MARES).

1.6 The motorcycle rider training and licensing scheme does not incorporate post-licence training or assessment.

1.6.1 MCC to publish and promote the findings of the 2006 MCC motorcyclist survey on training and crash experience, and on the avenues to distribute safety messages to motorcyclists.

1.6.2 MCC to work with stakeholders to seek funding for research into post-licence rider training.

1.6.3 MCC to work with the RTA to undertake a study of post-licence rider training and skills development programs, including on- and off-road programs and mentoring.

1.6.4 MCC to work with the RTA and insurance industry to remove barriers to post-licence rider training.

1.6.5 MCC to work with RTA on the development of a mentor training program for club members.

1.6.6 MCC to work with the industry to promote/provide rider familiarisation or training courses as a part of the sale of new motorcycles when riders are upgrading.

1.7 There is a lack of courtesy and tolerance between all road users.

1.7.1 MCC to develop and promote on-road codes of riding practice to counter impulsive, ego-driven riding, and to promote appreciation of personal responsibility and consequences.

1.8 Safety information is not effectively disseminated to motorcyclists.

1.8.1 MCC to work with motorcycle media and industry to ensure they are better informed about motorcycle crash incidence and risk factors.

1.8.2 MCC to work with motorcycle media to achieve a balance between the interests of their readers and responsible portrayal of motorcycling.

1.8.3 MCC to work with industry and RTA to promote the benefits of club membership for young or inexperienced riders.

1.8.4 MCC to work with industry and RTA to identify means of reaching more riders for safety messages.

1.8.5 MCC to work with stakeholders, including RTA and health authorities, to provide information for parents of children and young people who wish to ride motorcycles.

1.8.6 MCC to work with the RTA and other stakeholders on the development and promotion of motorcycle-specific countermeasure information, such as the Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Council (VMAC) Motorcycle Notes series.

1.8.7 MCC to continue to work with the NRMA to promote motorcycle safety issues through the Open Road magazine.

1.8.8 MCC to explore the benefits of establishing links with other stakeholders, such as the Australian Transport Research Forum and Motorcycling Australia.

1.8.9 MCC to continue to collaborate with local councils in the development and dissemination of localised motorcycle safety messages.

1.8.10 MCC to explore options to support the management and promotion of the MCC Road Safety website.

1.8.11 MCC to explore options to strengthen opportunities for Motorcycle Awareness Week.