Over the past five years (2006-2010), 904 unlicensed riders were involved in road crashes in NSW. This group includes those riders whose licence has been cancelled or disqualified as well as those who have never obtained a motorcycle licence.
These riders comprise only 7% of all riders who crash, but they involved 21% of the riders in fatal crashes. Nearly half (45%) of all unlicensed riders who crash were under 26 years.
- Nearly a third of all unlicensed riders (30%) were involved in speed related crashes compared with 23% of licensed riders.
- 20% of unlicensed riders and 33% of their injured pillions, were not wearing a helmet, or wore a helmet that was not correctly fastened, when they crashed. They account for 44% of all un-helmeted riders.
- Pillion casualties were more likely not to have worn a helmet if they were on a motorcycle ridden by an unlicensed rider than a licensed rider (3% vs 0.1%).
- In 2010, 18% of unlicensed riders had an illegal blood alcohol reading (BAC) compared to 3% of riders in general. They accounted for 33% of all riders in crashes with illegal BAC.
Unlicensed riding is more of a social problem than it is a specific motorcycling problem. The increased incidence of risk taking behaviour amongst unlicensed motorcycle riders also occurs amongst unlicensed car drivers. Although unlicensed drivers are a small minority amongst drivers, 12% of all speeding drivers in fatal crashes were unlicensed [RMS, Speed: Speed Problem Definition and Countermeasures Summary, 2000].
|Rider factors in crashes||All riders in crashes (n=13,482)||Learners (n=1,638)||Provisional (n=1,060)||Full licence (n=7,569)||Unlicensed (n=904)||Unknown licence status (n=1,747)|
|Rider at fault||38%||38%||36%||34%||57%||46%|
|Under 26 years||28%||66%||61%||12%||55%||30%|
|Over 40 years||34%||8%||6%||47%||15%||25%|
|Casualty without helmet||2.8%||0.5%||1.3%||0.3%||18.4%||9.1%|