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Education most important road safety strategy

A clear majority of road users believe education is the most important road safety strategy, according to a preliminary review of a major survey on attitudes to road safety strategies.

Survey author Dr João Canoquena of the University of Notre Dame Australia says it is too early to reach conclusions from the survey.

“Road maintenance was mostly associated with motorcycle rider safety,” he says.

“Nearly half (47%) of the mentions of this road safety strategy were associated with motorcycle rider safety.

“Likewise, advertising of safety driving was more associated with motorcycle rider than any other road user group. In fact, 57% of the mentions of this strategy were linked with motorcycle rider safety.”

Volunteers needed

SA considers increasing rider ages education
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João says motorcycle riders dominated the survey after Motorbike Writer called for riders to ensure their voices were heard when transport authorities draft safety strategies.

Now João needs your help again.

He is seeking three volunteers to help him go through the results to rate the road safety options.

“We have collected over 800 safety strategy responses, divided into five categories (motorcycle rider safety, scooter rider safety, cyclist safety, pedestrian safety and car occupant safety),” Joao says.

“For a journal publication, I need to have the safety responses rated by at least two more people.”

João explains that rating involves placing the 800+ responses into categories such as education, training, enforcement etc. 

Volunteers will need some patience, commitment and Excel software to fill in the ratings.

You can volunteer by contacting João by clicking here and sending him an email.

Education wins in initial results

While the results are yet to be properly rated, an early reading of the results show that a clear majority of road users believe education is the most important road safety strategy.

Road safety strategies

Cyclist

Motorcyclist

Pedestrian

Scooter rider

Passenger

Total

Advertising of safety driving

0

8

1

3

2

14

Alcohol and drug testing

0

3

2

2

10

17

Distracted driving law enforcement

1

3

16

10

17

47

Driver and rider training

0

23

14

31

26

94

Graduated licensing schemes

0

7

1

7

2

17

In-vehicle technology

0

9

2

8

11

30

Lane filtering

0

10

1

6

0

17

Law enforcement

0

1

5

4

5

15

Mandatory helmet laws

4

10

0

12

3

29

Motorcycle-friendly road design

0

17

0

10

0

27

Pedestrian crossing rules

0

0

21

1

0

22

Pedestrian distraction awareness

0

0

26

0

0

26

Protective and reflective clothing

0

15

0

22

0

37

Regulation of vehicle equipment

0

5

0

0

36

41

Road maintenance

0

11

0

4

8

23

Safety road design

0

4

7

1

15

27

Speed limit management

0

7

33

12

7

59

Traffic separation

59

1

0

1

0

61

Total

64

134

129

134

142

603

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Why don’t more dealers offer test rides?

Despite the continuing slump in motorcycle sales, too many dealers sill don’t offer test rides, one of the most important sales tools they have!

You wouldn’t buy a car without a test ride, so why should riders be denied the opportunity to test out the bike first?

Some dealers don’t even allow customers to sit on their showroom bikes.Please do not sit

US study

A 2015 US motorcycle industry study found that the availability of demo rides not only improved customer satisfaction of dealerships but also increased motorcycle sales.

The ninth annual Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index (PSI) US Motorcycle Industry Benchmarking Study found that test rides were offered 63% of the time to mystery shoppers compared with 34% five years earlier.

It also found sales staff encouraged customers to sit on a bike 81% of the time, up from 70%.

A good dealer experience also translated to improved sales, with dealerships ranking in the top quarter selling 22% more motorcycles than dealerships in the bottom quarter.

It found Harley-Davidson, BMW and Ducati the most aggressive in offering test rides.

It is no coincidence that every Pied Piper study for the past decade or more has been led by those same three companies.

Aussie test rides

While there is no equivalent study in Australia, the results are perhaps indicative of strict global manufacturer training standards of dealer staff and attitudes to offering demo rides.

The lack of demo rides is one of the biggest complaints about dealerships we receive at MotorBikeWriter.com.

But many of these are for popular new models where demand outstrips supply and every bike that comes into the dealership is already sold.BMW Motorrad GS Off-Road Training

Perhaps the most aggressive brands offering test rides in Australia are Harley-Davidson, BMW and Indian.

Harley not only offers test rides to licensed riders, but also offers a static ride to unlicensed riders with their Jump Start program.

It’s rare for any dealer to offer test rides of off-road or adventure bikes because of the risk of damage, but BMW even hosts annual GS demo ride days around the country.

And Indian throws in free fuel and accommodation on their weekend demo ride offers!

We only have our own experiences and anecdotes of readers to go on, but it seems Japanese brands are the worst at allowing test rides.

Maybe that has to do with complacency because they are the four biggest sellers.

Sales trends

But with their sales down between 6.8-17.4% in the first quarter, they need to pick up their act.Slide sales motorcycles

It may cost more to have demo bikes available, but the results speak for themselves.

The motorcycle industry grapples with this basic sales technique.

Some dealers just see the cost of bike depreciation, fuel and staff time to take riders on escorted demo rides, rather than looking at long-term customer goodwill.

It also requires the manufacturers or importers to back them up with demo bikes and allow them to later sell them at a discount.

Riders see buying a bike as a lottery unless they can actually throw a leg over and feel the bike.

They need to evaluate the ergonomics for their body size, hear the noises, test the power and handling, and even feel the heat from the engine.

  • Have you ever been denied a demo ride? What did you do? Did you go elsewhere and buy the same bike or another brand? Leave your comments below.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Is traction control a key to safety?

The push for mandatory traction control in motorcycles seems to be starting already with a VicRoads safety campaign emphasising it is a key to rider safety.

The campaign features an erroneous online quiz which suggests that traction control will “prevent you from falling off”.

VicRoads is not alone in suggesting traction control and other electronic rider aids are the key to safety.

UNSW Sydney Professor Raphael Grzebieta has suggested every motorcycle should come with an alcohol interlock, ABS and other electronic rider aids, while riders should be “lit up like a Christmas tree”.

So we wonder how long it will be before traction control becomes mandatory on motorcycles.

After all, ABS became mandatory in European and Australian cars in 2003 while electronic stability control (incorporating traction control) became mandatory six years later.

ABS becomes mandatory in November on new motorcycles over 125cc (bikes with lower engine capacities must have either combined brakes systems or ABS), so maybe traction control will follow in six years!

There is already a growing push in Europe for more technologies to be made mandatory in vehicles such as “black box” recorders, automatic braking and even automatic speed limiters.

While the introduction of mandatory hi-tech in motorcycles has not yet been discussed, the examples of emissions controls and ABS show that motorcycles generally eventually follow suit.

Traction controlTattoo throttle hand key

The VicRoads “Always On” motorcycle safety campaign seems to suggest traction control is a key to rider safety.

In its online survey, the first question asks: “If something unexpected happens while you’re riding and you have to brake, which of the following can help prevent you from falling off?”

It provides these answer options: ABS, traction control and stability control or all three.

Their “correct” answer is all three: “ABS stops wheel lock, traction control senses traction loss and stability control monitors the way you’re riding. These technologies work together to keep you on your bike.”

They got one thing (partially) right: ABS does stop wheel lock.

As for whether traction or “stability” control are activated during braking is debatable.

To assess this part of the question, we need to know what they mean by those terms.

In cars, traction control was an early technology that simply cut engine power when the wheels started spinning.

Stability control is a lot more elaborate and involves sensors that detect pitch, roll and yaw, controlling it with a variety of measures that include throttle, brakes and even some steering input.

No motorcycle has true stability control, although some call their traction control “stability” control, even though it’s not.

So VicRoads firstly need to get their terms right. As it is, the mention of stability control is simply confusing.

Also, traction control would not activate under braking unless you are accelerating at the same time.

Key to safety?

But is traction control really the key to motorcycle safety as VicRoads and other safety “experts” suggest?

The idea of traction control is to prevent rear-wheel spin from too much power for the road surface by cutting engine power.

It helps to prevent power slides, but also wheelies and burnouts!

Peeves wheelie advertising key

As a motorcycle journalist, I have experienced traction control on many different motorcycles.

On one early incarnation, it hesitated in identifying the slip and then abruptly stopped the engine power, nearly throwing me over the high side.

However, traction control has improved dramatically and many modern bikes now offer varied controls for varied conditions.

For example, some have an off-road setting that allows some rear-wheel slide before a “soft” cut to the power.

This allows the rider to use power to turn the bike by sliding the tail to a certain degree before intervention.

Traction control will also help prevent slides on wet tarmac or bitumen roads with corrugations or slippery debris.

But it is wrong to think that traction control will prevent crashes.

You can still crash with traction control.

The problem is that if you do crash on a bike with traction control, it will most likely be at higher speeds than if you had no traction control!

Having traction control on your bike may also provide a false sense of confidence that makes riders careless with throttle use.

If traction control were made mandatory, how many manufacturers would simply add a cheap system that could be more dangerous than not having any traction control?

You can guarantee that these cheap systems would be included on the cheaper, learner bikes.

* Should traction control be mandatory on motorcycles? Leave your comments below.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Tips for Staying Safe While Riding at Night

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Going on a night ride can be a calming and exhilarating experience for any motorcycle enthusiast. The absence of traffic and more quiet surroundings are just some of the reasons why riding at night is worthwhile.

But apart from quiet and open streets, bikers still face considerable risks as the streets go darker and darker. Accidents are more likely to happen during the night, so you will have to be extra careful when they begin their journey at sundown.

For that, let’s take a look at a few practical tips to keep yourself safe and secured.

  1. Check your lights

Perhaps the most important bit of maintenance you should be routinely performing is checking and testing your lights. For this, focus on the headlight and turn signals. Electrical issues can cause these lights to malfunction, so you should be able to check for wiring problems. Most commonly, you will just need to replace the bulbs for when they burn out. The last thing you want as a biker on the roads at night is for people driving a car or truck to be unable to see you.

  1. Keep yourself visible

You could thank street lamps for illuminating your path, but when you’re in certain areas where you’re almost invisible, you might want to make sure that you and your bike are highly visible to other motorists. One option is to install LED lights. You can also wear reflective jackets and pants and add reflective tape to certain parts of your motorcycle. Not only will these approaches help you avoid oncoming traffic, but they will also protect you from the dangers lurking behind every corner.

  1. Drive sober

If driving under the influence during the day is considered dangerous, then a night ride after a few drinks is a deathwish. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by irresponsible riders. Going on a late night drinking spree won’t be all that worthwhile if you’d end up spending the rest of the night in the hospital, or worse. Never give in to the temptation if you really want to get home in one piece. But often, there will be a traffic collision in which you’re not the one who’s intoxicated. Especially if you’re left with major fractures and made to go on an extensive hospital stay, you will need to work with a drunk driving lawyer who can help you get properly compensated after an accident.

  1. Stay alert

Drunk drivers are the only risks you should worry about during a night ride. You also need to be cautious of places where animals cross as well as other obstacles on the road such as open manholes, road bumps, and traffic cones. As a good rule of thumb, you should be able to regulate your speed. Doing so gives you enough time to react on the last minute after spotting an obstruction.

You can’t really avoid going on a night ride where there are too many risks to your safety. But with these tips in mind, you can avoid being another casualty in the dark.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Noise cameras to nab loud exhausts

Australian police and transport authorities will monitor the British development and trial of prototype noise cameras that can detect loud motor vehicle exhausts.

The UK Department of Transport will test the prototype cameras in the coming months, but will not fine offenders.

Yet!

Noise cameras

“New camera technology to be trialled by the government aims to measure the sound levels of passing vehicles to detect those that are breaking the law on noise limits, and could use automated number plate recognition to help enforce the law,” the UK Department of Transport notice says.

“Research commissioned by the Department for Transport, found that a noise camera system could help tackle extremely noisy vehicles which breach legal noise limits.

“It could also help to catch those who rev car or motorcycle engines beyond legal limits, making life a misery for those who live close by.”

While the UK DoT could not supply us with any images of the camera, they did provide this tiny drawing showing a camera pointed at an oncoming car.

noise cameras
(Image: UK Department of Transport)

Surely the camera should be behind the vehicle!

The DoT says exhaust noise enforcement is reactive and relies on the subjective judgement of police which some motorcycle representatives claim is fatally flawed.

However, the noise cameras would take away the subjectivity and provide authorities with a method of fining offenders like a speed camera.

Call to challenge exhaust noise fines sign noise cameras
Police conduct roadside noise test at Mt Tamborine

Australia is watching and listening

We contacted police and road authorities in each state to gauge their interest in the noise cameras.

We received mainly non-committal replies saying they monitor the development and introduction of all traffic enforcement technologies around the world.

WA Police were the only ones to admit they are aware of the UK prototype noise cameras.

“While there are no current plans to trial such a camera in Western Australia, as with all emerging technologies, WA Police Force will monitor the activity in the UK and seek information on its operational effectiveness,” a media spokesperson told us.

UK Motorcycle Industry Association CEO Tony Campbell supports the trial.

“With growing pressure on the environment, including noise pollution, illegal exhausts fitted by some riders attract unwanted attention to the motorcycle community and do nothing to promote the many benefits motorcycles can offer,” he says.

“All manufacturers produce new motorcycles that follow strict regulations regarding noise and emissions and we welcome these trials as a potential way of detecting excessive noise in our community.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Basic Motorcycle Safety Tips For Beginners

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Getting out on the blacktop and feeling the wind rushing all around your body is a dream come true for drivers of all ages. For beginners, riding a motorcycle is a thrill but also a challenge. Riding a motorcycle is very different from driving a car or even a bicycle, and requires much more attention and caution than you might expect.

Having heightened traffic awareness and sufficient riding skill can help you stay safer on the road. It’s not always the fault of a rider when an accident occurs, it can often be an issue of visibility when another driver on the road just doesn’t see you.

Besides avoiding dangerous daredevil behavior on the road, there are a few things that you need to know before getting on your new bike. Serious accidents can happen at any time, so if you want to avoid injuries and having to hire a team of motorcycle lawyers you need to know what you are doing before you hit the blacktop.

Helmets

There are still some states that do not require you to wear a helmet when you are on a motorcycle. Even though it’s not a legal requirement, it is still the best way to protect yourself from devastating head injuries. You are five times more likely to end up with head injuries after a motorcycle crash when you choose not to wear a helmet. Find a helmet that fits well and is certified to be crash safe.

Motorcycle Gear

When you are driving a motorcycle there is nothing between you and the elements. In a car, you have plenty of safety features including air bags and a solid metal frame to help guard your body in the case of an accident. So, you need to protect yourself as well as you can on your own. Wearing leather gear including jackets, gloves and chaps can help save your skin, literally. When you crash, leather can help absorb some of the friction that can happen when your body hits the ground and prevent horrible road rash that can leave scars for years.

Obey All Laws

The rules of the road are designed to protect all drivers including cyclist. Keep your speed under the limit and respect all other drivers on the road. Following all traffic laws may not ultimately prevent all accidents but it can help you to stay visible and aware of everything going on around you. Driving a motorcycle is a privilege so don’t take advantage of that right by driving erratically or dangerously.

Defensive Driving

Motorcycles are not as easy to see on the road as larger vehicles, so it’s up to you to make sure that you are seen by other drivers on the road. Never assume that other vehicles have seen you and don’t take any chances. Use your proper signals and avoid randomly weaving in between lanes. Keep your headlights on at all times and stay out of the blind spots of other vehicles. You should always be aware of all the vehicles around you

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Take the online motorcycle safety quiz

A new motorcycle “Always On” safety campaign featuring an online 10-question quiz and video has just been launched by VicRoads but has already attracted some criticism.

Quiz quizzedABS VicRoads Always On safety campaign and quiz brakes

Most motorcycle representatives we spoke to are pleased there is a campaign about motorcycle safety.

However, there was some criticism of the quiz wording, the video edits and the over-reliance on electronic rider aids.

Motorcycle instructors and Victorian Government’s Motorcycle Experts Advisory Committee were consulted in the initial stages, but not the final edit.

MEAP rep Dean Marks says the test wording and video are consequently “flawed”.

“VicRoads will get eaten by experienced riders and instructors and the rest of the MEAP group and instructors,” he says.

Fellow MEAP rep and Victorian Motorcycle Council chair Peter Baulch says he hopes riders “get something out of the survey”.

However, he says the producers “have again adopted the ‘we know best’ attitude”.

Video errors include the rider entering a corner and gearing up, not down, and at a hairpin the rider accelerates instead of slowing.

Rider aids

One of the main flaws is the over-reliance on electronic rider aids such as ABS to save lives.

The video features a new Triumph Street Scrambler (good taste!) that comes with ABS and traction control.

ABS VicRoads Always On safety campaign and quiz brakes

The questionnaires states: “ABS stops wheel lock, traction control senses traction loss and stability control monitors the way you’re riding. These technologies work together to keep you on your bike.”

Peter queried the wording.

“I actually think road safety messages to riders should shift from ‘get a better bike’ (that is, get bikes with ABS) to a message along the lines of ‘become a better rider’,” he says.

Mandatory ABSABS VicRoads Always On safety campaign and quiz brakes

ABS becomes mandatory in November on new motorcycles over 125cc, while bikes with lower engine capacities must have either combined brakes systems (CBS) or ABS.

While authorities promote ABS as reducing crashes by 30%, motorcycle experts dispute the figures and say it dangerously gives riders a false sense of security.

The 2009 Maids Report reverse engineered almost 1000 accidents and found that in 80-87% of crashes riders took no evasive action such as braking, sub-limit braking or swerving.

Therefore, ABS would have had no effect.

VicRoads blunders

It’s not the first time VicRoads has overstated the effect of ABS on road safety.

In 2016, university safety researcher Ross Blackman criticised a VicRoads brochure that stated: “A motorcycle with ABS enhances your riding skills and techniques by preventing the wheels from locking, skidding and sliding under.”

Quite simply, no technology makes you a better rider. It only helps compensate for poor skills or emergencies, he said.

The VicRoads brochure also suggested riders retro-fit ABS, but there is no known aftermarket product.

VicRoads apologised for the misleading information and error when we pointed them out.

ABS is simply no substitute for good rider skills and the only way to get them is through training and practice.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

YouTube rider dies while texting

A popular YouTube channel rider has died after crashing his BMW motorcycle into a car while steering with his feet and texting a message on his mobile phone.

Moscow rider Artem Boldyrev, 34, nicknamed Bolt, had 289,794 followers on his 18-plus Moto Nexus channel.

Artem Boldyre died while texting
Artem’s crashed bike

In several of his videos, he reviews motorcycles while sometimes performing dangerous stunts.

Last year he posted this video in which he rides a Victory motorcycle on cruise control from the back seat through heavy traffic.

His friend, Evgeny Matveev, says Artem posted a video to him just moments before his death in which he was steering the motorcycle with his feet.

In the video, Artem says: “Most problems arise due to the fact that I don’t give a ****.”

Artem Boldyre died while texting
Frame from video moments before the fatal crash

It seems dangerous motorcycle videos are a trend in Russia.

Sexiest Russian rider Olga Pronina dies in crash
Olga Pronina

In 2017, famed “sexiest Russian motorcyclist” and fellow video blogger Olga Pronina died in a high-speed crash on her BMW S 1000 RR in Vladivostok.

The 40-year-old Russian mother of one was known as the sexiest Russian motorcyclist through her @Monika9422 Instagram account which had more than 200,000 followers, including Australian stunt rider Lukey Luke.

Needless to say, performing stunts, riding with your feet, texting while riding, etc are dangerous and should never be performed on public roads.

If you want to be a professional stunt rider, go to a stunt-riding school on a closed course and practise there.

Click here if you would like to check out professional stunt rider Dave McKenna’s tips for anyone wanting to start in the world of motorcycle stunting.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Hi-tech motorcycles will save industry

Safer hi-tech motorcycles, such as the Damon X above, will attract the future generation of motorcyclists scared of the dangers of riding and possibly save the industry from extinction, a motorcycle start-up says.

Damon Motorcycles CEO and founder Jay Giraud has produced a white paper about the future of the motorcycling industry in which he says advanced safety systems may save motorcycling.

He predicts a future “where the idea of rider accidents being inevitable and unavoidable will be a thing of the past, along with external valve gear and pulley transmissions”.

Damon recently raised $US2.5m in seed funding and has partnered with Canadian police to improve rider safety.

Their Damon X will use 360-degree sensors and cameras to detect potential hazards in front and behind and send alerts via 5G to the rider.

autonomous automated Damon X safe motorcycle industry 5GAlerts will consist of hazard lights on the mirrors as well as “haptic” pads in the seat and handlebars that vibrate. There are also temperature and moisture sensors to detect changing road conditions. 

“Such unheard of levels of safety brings with it a potential for cataclysmic change within the entire motorcycling community, from manufacturer to commuter,” Jay says.

Damon X safe motorcycle industry

Industry outdated

Jay says the motorcycle industry has outdated marketing messages.

“The manufacturers currently failing to attract the next generation of riders with outdated promises of ‘thrills and adventure’ will have something much more relevant to offer.

“It’s the promise of an immeasurably safer riding environment created by the type of advanced technology so wholeheartedly embraced by today’s millennial customer.”

Jay points out that millennials make up 25% of the world’s population with a combined purchasing power of $US13 trillion, increasing to $US22t in the next five years.

“This age group is traditionally one that fully embraces the two-wheeled culture and one which the motorcycle industry fully expected to take the baton from the rapidly diminishing baby boomers,” he says.

However, as companies such as Harley-Davidson have recognised, their customers are ageing and parking up their bikes.

Meanwhile, millennials are not attracted to motorcycles for a variety of reasons including high student loans and aversion to risk-taking.

Diverse Harly-Davidson riders women youth
Harley is targeting younger riders

Complete automation unlikely

Jay says that while cars and other vehicles are heading toward being fully autonomous, “it is highly unlikely that motorcycling will ever evolve towards complete automation”.

“There is a purity to motorcycling that no rider would voluntarily relinquish in favour of convenience or simplicity,” he says.

However, he says the evolution of accident avoidance for motorcycles is inevitable, making motorcycles safer and more attractive to millennials.autonomous automated Damon X safe motorcycle industryautonomous automated Damon X safe motorcycle industry

Jay says advances in artificial intelligence, radar systems, hi-res digital, and environmental sensors have made them smaller, more reliable and cheaper, making them more suitable for use on motorcycles.

“As the world shifts towards autonomous driving, the need for safer, more intelligently enabled motorcycles will grow at the same pace,” he says.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Hefty parking fine for motorcycle ‘overhang’

Riders could cop a hefty parking fine if their motorcycle is parked with its wheels inside a parking bay, but the body of the bike, handlebars or luggage leaning over the line as in the above photo.

A Sydney rider found out the hard way when he copped a $263 fine for parking his scooter on Philip St, in Sydney’s CBD.

Personal trainer Stephen Lewis’s red scooter’s wheels were inside a crowded motorcycle-only parking zone, but some of the scooter body, top box and handlebars were centimetres out of the designated zone.

Parking fine
Stephen’s red scooter

He believed “it was ok” if his scooter’s wheels were within the parking bay.

“Fortunately I took a photo as this happened to me a few weeks earlier in the same spot, where someone dragged my bike out and put theirs in its place,” he says.

“I now take photos as a precaution when parking. It’s close, but I thought this would be ok. The parking fine is for $263 as it is classed as being in a no-stopping zone.”

Parking rules

Parking within the lines presents a problem for motorcycles and scooters.

You can park your bike with its wheels inside the white lines, but the body can be over the line when leaned over on its sidestand. (Note that Stephen’s  scooter was on its centrestand.)

We could not find any specific motorcycle reference to this in NSW parking rules.

Lance was fined for parking his Harley between two car parking bays flexible
This rider was fined for parking his Harley between two car parking bays

The only reference in the NSW Transport parking guidelines is to parallel-parked vehicles that “should be entirely within any marking lines”.

Specific motorcycle parking guidelines only mention that the motorcycle should “not stick out further than any parallel parked vehicle”.

We asked NSW Transport to point out the specific reference to motorcycles leaning out of the parking bay.

This is their reply:

Under Rule 211 of the Road Rules 2014, a driver who parks on a length of road, or in an area, that has parking bays (whether or not a park in bays only sign applies to the length of road or area) must position the driver’s vehicle completely within a single parking bay, unless the vehicle is too wide or long to fit completely within the bay.

Determining whether a vehicle is ‘completely within’ a parking bay or is in breach of this rule is a matter for an authorised officer. If a penalty notice is issued for this offence by a police officer, the fine is $80.

The best option is for riders to ensure that all parts of their vehicle are within the parking bay.

In other words, there is NO specific reference to motorcycles.

We checked rules in other states and councils and could also find no reference to motorcycles leaning outside the designated area.

Also, some motorcycle parking bays are not long enough for big motorcycles as in the photo below.

Motorcycle and scooter riders urged to make a submission to the Brisbane City Council draft transport plan - parking BCC bicycles

Parking fine upheld

Stephen challenged the parking fine asking for leniency because of the marginal overhang, but the Commissioner of Fines Administration upheld the fine.

The Commissioner says he consulted the Caution/Review Guidelines, legislation and information provided by the issuing authority in reaching the verdict.

“The photograph provided indicates the vehicle was partially parked in the no-stopping zone at 6.54am,” the Commissioner wrote to Stephen.

“Based on this information, we are unable to cancel the penalty.

“No-stopping zones are often in areas where it is unsafe for vehicles to stop or park, such as where they may cause a hazard to other vehicles or pedestrians.

“It is important to keep these areas clear to ensure the safety of road users.”

Stephen says the fine seems punitive for such a marginal transgression.

“I am absolutely fuming as this looks like a revenue-generating con,” he says.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com