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Do riders deserve a better deal ?

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Riders deserve a better deal that includes free tolls and parking, and lower rego and insurance to encourage more people to ride and ease congestion and strains on road and parking infrastructure.

So says the high-profile 2 Wheel Action Group made up of Australian motorcycle industry figures, led by former GP champion Wayne Gardiner.

They have launched a “Better Deal for Two Wheels” petition to demand more recognition and concessions for powered two-wheelers.

Click here if you would like to sign the petition that will go to appropriate state and federal ministers. Or use this QR Code.

Better Deal Petition

It calls for a raft of concessions to get Australia moving on a more convenient form of transport than public transport which is being shunned by the public with genuine fears of Coronavirus infection.

Key points:

  • Lower the cost of powered two-wheel registration and compulsory third party insurance, making prices standardised across all states ($50 for 50cc, $100 – LAMS, $200 – Open);
  • 50cc scooters and mopeds able to be ridden on a car licence Australia-wide, not just Qld, SA, WA and NT;
  • Incentives for commuters to buy electric powered bikes through green fund rebates (as per current solar rebates) and no stamp duty charges;
  • National exemption from motorway, bridge and tunnel toll charges; and
  • Free parking and footpath parking, except in public thoroughfares and walkways.

The 2 Wheel Action Group has set up social media assets and appointed respected and awarded retired industry veteran Stuart Strickland as its public relations manager.

Zenith Bi-Car

Stuart has urged riders to make comments about registration costs when they sign the petition.

Wayne Gardner’s video content will be rolled out over the next four weeks through Facebook and YouTube.

He will point out that more powered two-wheelers on the road means less pollution, better social distancing, less congestion, lower demand for infrastructure and parking, plus more fun!

Find out more about a Better Deal:

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Why You Should Prefer Getting a Motorcycle Over a Car

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Bikes and cars both have their benefits. Not that cars are any less useful, this article focuses more on promoting motorcycles. We have discussed why you should prefer to get a motorcycle instead of a car. Car is more useful when it’s snowing or raining; otherwise, bikes have much more benefits to offer. While you shouldn’t say no to a giveaway offer to win a car, bike lovers would even sell that car to get a new bike. Here is are the reasons behind their enthusiasm.

Get a Better Mileage

A bike gives a lot better mileage compared to a car. Depending on the bike, you can get even four times more mileage. This saves a significant amount of money on gas, especially if you have to travel regularly. Two people can easily go anywhere on a bike at the same cost. You don’t need a car unless you are three or more people going to the same place. Then why pay for the gas of those three people when you are traveling alone?

Easily Beat the Traffic

Bikes don’t get stuck in traffic. They can easily find a way between cars in a traffic jam. This helps you beat heavy traffic and reach your destination always before time. Time is money and riding a bike saves you time. Even if there isn’t much traffic, you can reach your destination before a car without speeding.

Riding a Bike is More Fun

It is understandable that you can’t go to the office on a bike in extreme weather conditions. But how often do you get extreme weather? Think about enjoying the pleasant weather that is always here. You get to feel the breeze and your surrounding on a bike. This makes bike riding way much more fun than sitting in a comfortable seat with no contact to the outside world. A car may be more comfortable, but people also travel thousands of miles on motorcycles.

Easy to ParkParking squeeze

One thing everyone hates about cars is parking them. You need to have sufficient space where you can turn the car and ensure you can easily open the doors. If you slightly touch anything, it will cause a dent and the paint will wear off, leaving you with extra expense of hundreds of dollars. Guess what? You never have to worry about parking a bike. You can stop anywhere on the side and lock the bike. It won’t disrupt any traffic nor get in the way of pedestrians. This again saves you time in addition to the trouble.

They are Better for Environment

Most motorcycles are a lot better for the environment compared to most cars. They drink less fuel and produce fewer pollutants. They also require less maintenance and take less space on the road for the others. Motorcycles are also easier to park at home as you don’t need the space of a full room for them. Some even park them inside their apartments.

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Parking costs make motorcycling attractive

Australian car parking costs, which are among the highest in the world, should make motorcycling more attractive as bike parking is often free or discounted.

The 2020 Parking Price Index of car parking costs in 65 major cities shows Sydney in third place only behind New York and Boston.

Brisbane was in fifth place, Melbourne 18th and Perth 39th with no mention of Canberra, Adelaide or Hobart.

Sydney’s shopping district car parks were a whopping 498% higher than the median for the 65 cities listed.

With the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries promoting their fourth Ride to Work Week in September 2020, free and cheap parking should be a highlight of their promotions through the official website and social media.

Parking anomalies

UK car maintenance service Fixter did not consider motorcycle parking prices in their survey because many cities allow motorcycles to park free or at substantially discounted prices.

However, there are a few anomalies in Australia where motorcycle riders are being ripped off as they are charged the same price as cars.

Several years ago we pointed out that some hotels and casinos charge motorcycles and scooters the same parking rate as cars, even though the space is smaller or car bays can be shared with multiple bikes.

Parking squeeze
Four bikes in one car bay

Also, Melbourne airport, which charges 68.78% above the median price, has no discount for motorcycles.

Meanwhile, Sydney has free parking for motorcycles at the domestic and International airports and Brisbane offers a discount of $10/day for up to seven days then $5/day.

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Five motorcycles to squeeze into a car park

Riders will be expected to squeeze five bikes into one on-street car parking bay under a plan to free up Melbourne’s congested footpaths.

A meeting of the Future Melbourne Committee agreed unanimously agreed this week to ban free motorcycle parking on some footpaths (see list below).

They claim the loss of parking will be offset by turning 36 on-street car parking bays into free motorcycle parking for 170 to 190 bikes.

Squeeze ratio

Parking squeezeFour bikes in one car bay

The original estimate was 151 which is just over four bikes to a car parking bay which seems reasonable as above.

However, they have now revised their estimate up to 190 which means 5.3 motorcycles and/or scooters.

If it was just scooters, that might be possible, but it hardly seems probable and could lead to bikes being scratched and damaged.

The Victorian Motorcycle Council says that’s a “tall order” and made no reference to any expert advice.

Banned footpaths

Changes to CBD parking are now expected to happen soon with “no parking” signs appearing on the footpaths affected:

  • Bourke Street between Spencer and William streets;
  • William Street between Bourke and La Trobe streets;
  • Flinders Street between Queen and Elizabeth streets;
  • Elizabeth Street between Collins and Flinders streets;
  • Collins Street between Spencer and King streets;
  • Flinders Lane between Elizabeth and Swanston streets;
  • Lt Bourke Street between Queen and Swanston streets;
  • Lt Collins Street between Queen and Elizabeth streets.Parking squeeze

Transport Portfolio Chair Councillor and motorcyclist Nicolas Frances-Gilley told the meeting that the plan would be reviewed and if not sufficient, more car parking spaces would be provided.

This map shows the car parking bays that will be turned over to motorcycles with original estimates of the number of motorcycle bays it would provide.

Parking squeezeParking assurances

He also assured the meeting that they were not “anti bike” pointing out that he rides as does the committee chair, Lord Mayor Sally Capp and her husband, Andrew Sutherland.

Melbourne Council draft transport motorcycle parking conspiracy theory transport spokesman Cr Frances GilleyCr Frances Gilley and his Trans Alp

The Councillor also assured there was no intention to ban free footpath parking throughout the city, but would protect the rights of the growing number of pedestrians to footpath access.

He said they may look at converting or moving bicycle hoops and other street furniture to make way for pedestrians and perhaps motorcycle parking.

Emeritus Professor of Transport Marcus Wigan told the meeting that rogue commercial scooter delivery services were parking illegally and causing congestion.

He suggested they be registered and educated about correct parking.

The Victorian Motorcycle Riders Association says the move set a “very very bad precedent” for other Victorian councils to follow suit.

“This ban is based on prejudice not fact,” says spokesman Damien Codognotto.

He says the on-street motorbike spaces “do not begin to cover the on-street and off-street motorbike parking losses while Melbourne’s 5 million population will grow to 8 million in 25 years or so”.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Footpath parking fate heard tonight

The fate of footpath parking in some areas of Melbourne’s CBD will be considered tonight (18 February 2020) at a meeting where council will also be asked to regulate rogue delivery scooter parking.

Riders have been encourage to attend the Future Melbourne Committee meeting at 5.30pm on the Council Meeting Room, Level 2, Town Hall Administration Building, to hear council’s plan to remove footpath parking from some areas and add 151 free on-street parking bays, replacing 36 car bays. It is also being live streamed here. Click here to make a submission by 10am today.

Click here to read more about the plan to free up more footpath space for pedestrians and the expansion of cafes.

Transport Portfolio Chair Councillor Nicolas Frances-Gilley said Victoria is the only state in Australia that allows motorcycles to park on footpaths under the road rules.

Melbourne Council draft transport motorcycle parking conspiracy theory transport spokesman Cr Frances GilleyCr Frances Gilley and his Trans Alp

Currently around 1200 motorcycles park on footpaths in the central city per day and there are 245 existing motorcycle parking spaces.

Fate rejected

The move was initially supported by the Victorian Motorcycle Council which has now withdrawn that support and issued this statement:

Whilst we support the intent of managing footpath congestion in the face of increasing pedestrian numbers, the proposal has several critical flaws and significant concerns in its current form. It is also significantly different to the proposal that was reviewed and endorsed at the November 2019 Motorcycles in the City of Melbourne Committee meeting which in essence was a 1:1 displaced bike to on-road parking proposal. The committee was not informed of the changes and had no opportunity to review them. In engineering circles, this is called an ‘uncontrolled change’.

Our deliberations with CoM identified that critical changes were introduced following a stakeholder group’s instigated footpath walking inspection with CoM engineers. From this meeting, CoM were under the impression that more bikes on average would be able to be parked in a standard car space if those car spaces were not marked and painted with Australian Standard angled motorcycle parking bays. The assumption saw CoM factor in on-street parking for 151 bikes across 36 car spaces, whereas approximately 126 (a ratio of 3.5 bikes per car space as originally proposed) was more likely. This dropped the nearly 1:1 replacement ratio to 1 : 0.72 and exacerbated the misalignment between the location of proposed restrictions and the potential location of the 36 car spaces.

At an average of 3.5 bikes per car spaces, CoM needs to review the impact of the additional car spaces that would be needed to meet the originally endorsed proposal. And also factor in the impact of future bike use growth.

It has also been rejected by the Victorian Motorcycle Riders Association who believe it could be the first step toward a total ban on footpath parking.

Click here to read more on their views.

Scooters crowding foopathsubereats scooter bag fate

Emeritus professor of transport Marcus Wigan says he will make a formal submission tonight to ban commercial motorcycles and scooters from footpath parking, leaving space for legitimate commuter parking.

He says the rapid growth of commercial food delivery scooters and some small motorcycles has not been addressed in the council’s paper.

“These take up a great deal of space in the areas that they congregate, and are in general less likely to respect the other users of the footpath due to inexperience and commercial time pressures,” his submission says.

“It is also likely that they are unaware of the footpath parking guidelines that have been so successful over the years.”

Prof Wigan suggests that commercial use of the footpath be regulated, including the parking of commercial vehicles such as delivery scooters.

He says this would not only regulate parking, but also improve the “briefing and management of the riders”.

“Road space, kerb space and footpath space are all under pressure, and space allocation and usage are all increasingly important,” says Prof Wigan who is selling his 2017 Indian Scout for a Yamaha MT-01. (Click here if you would like more info on his Scout!)

Prof Marcus Wigan parking Indian ScoutProf Marcus Wigan and his Indian Scout

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Melbourne plan for more street bike parking

Melbourne City Council plans to restrict motorcycle parking on footpaths near train stations and on narrow streets and increase street parking.

The plan to “free up space for pedestrians” will turn 36 car street car parking spaces into 151 free, unmetered motorcycle spaces.

Under the “Managing motorcycle parking on overcrowded footpaths” plan, motorcycles would be prevented from parking on footpaths on either side of the road in these areas:

  • Sections of Little Bourke, Little Collins Streets and Flinders Lane to create more space in the City’s narrow Little Streets; and
  • Sections of Flinders, Collins, Bourke and William Streets to create more space around Flinders Street Station, Southern Cross Station and Flagstaff Station.

Street parking offset

Victorian Motorcycle Council former chair Professor Richard Huggins, who attended a discussion of the plan in November, says the pavement areas scheduled for restriction were well researched.

“The Council had done a survey of the areas to determine how many motorbikes were parking there and plan to put in that many on street spots,” he says.

“And as they pointed out at the meeting plenty of nearby streets have footpath parking. Remember we can only legally park on the footpath if we don’t obstruct people.

“To some extent the problems come from riders commuting into the city and parking on a clear footpath at 7.30am say that becomes very crowded closer to 9am and at lunchtime.

“As far as I know Council haven’t been fining people for this as it’s a bit of a legal grey area and so far we’ve been given the benefit of the doubt.

“Council have a difficult job managing the footpaths in the CBD as usage changes and most of the footpath furniture is under review, not just us.

“They could easily have gone in heavy handed but have consulted and negotiated and we appreciate that. The real battle may be yet to come.”

Future pavement cleanup plans include other street obstructions such as bicycle hoops, cafe furniture and possibly even trees.

The plan will be considered by the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday evening (18 February 2020).

Council responds

Melbourne Council draft transport motorcycle parking conspiracy theory transport spokesman Cr Frances GilleyCr Gilley

Transport Portfolio Chair Councillor Nicolas Frances-Gilley said Victoria is the only state in Australia that allows motorcycles to park on footpaths under the road rules.

“We welcome motorcycles to the city, but as our city becomes increasingly busy we need to reduce overcrowding on certain busy footpaths,” says Cr Frances Gilley.

“If the plan is endorsed, the areas where motorcycles would no longer park will be clearly signposted and correspond to the areas where we’re creating motorcycle parking spaces.

“While a motorbike or scooter might not be in the way when it first pulls up early in the morning, a row of motorbikes parked throughout the day can create a real hazard during the commuter and lunch rush when people are often forced onto the road to get past. Overcrowding creates a real challenge for people with reduced mobility and those using wheelchairs.

“We’re creating more safe space for people and providing an alternative place for motorcycle riders to park. As a rider I understand the need for dedicated motorcycle parking and I look forward to using it.”

Encourage riders

Victorian Motorcycle Riders Association spokesman Damien Codognotto says riders should be encouraged into the CBD, not discouraged.

He says council has removed off-street and on-street motorcycle parking in recent years with little on-street and no off-street replacement.

Damien also says council’s failure to educate new riders, couriers and fast food delivery companies about footpath rules “puts pressure on our footpaths”.

“This pressure is not the fault of riders who commute and/or visit the CBD; it is the fault of city planners,” he says.

“With the number of students, residents and visitors increasing and car parking space decreasing, Melbourne has failed its current rate payers.

“Failure to plan for population increase, which means many more motorcycles in and around Melbourne means major CBD problems for both riders and pedestrians in the city.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Motorcycle parking bays under siege

Motorcycle parking is under siege from motorists who think they can use our parking bays and even put shopping trolleys in them.

It’s rude, it’s lazy and it’s illegal.Motorcycle parking under siege park

We have seen this happen on many occasions and social media is heaving with photographs of cars and other vehicles parked in motorcycle parking bays.

In fact, we invite you to send in your photos, shaming the drivers!

Some council authorities go out of their way to supply specific parking for riders and use special stencils to point out that your wide car won’t fit!Motorcycle parking under siege park

Yet it still doesn’t stop drivers from using them.

We’ve also seen trikes and three-wheel roadster using motorcycle bays where they are too wide for the allotted space.Motorcycle parking under siege park

Yes, they are officially classed as motorcycles, but the law says a vehicle must be confined within the white lines.

In fact, you can even be fined if your motorcycle leans over the lines!Parking fine Motorcycle parking under siege park

Parking under siege

Parking is one of the biggest issues that upsets riders.

We take up so little space and are a solution to the parking shortage, so we should expect some attitude from councils.

Instead, we find motorcycle parking is under siege.

We are not only have to fight councils such as Melbourne which is considering taking away some free footpath parking but also motorists who trespass on our legal bays.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Winter Motorbike Maintenance – The How-To Guide

(Contributed Post for our Northern hemisphere readers)

There is no way to sugarcoat it – winter can be very tough on your motorbike. This does not mean, however, that you can’t get it out for a ride every once in a while. That, of course, with the right maintenance, to make sure your bike can stand any challenge that winter may throw its way.

Depending on how though winter gets in your area, you can either park your bike away and protect it from the cold, or if you want to still enjoy a good ride from time to time, ensure you are keeping your bike in prime condition.

No matter if you decide to keep using your bike for the winter, or store it away until Spring is approaching, this article is meant to help you take proper care of your ride, to ensure winter will come and go in a breeze. 

Consider storing it away

Many bikers decide to store their bike away during winter, either because the roads become sort of dangerous when they get all snowy and frozen, or because they don’t want the shine to wear off. If you chose to park your bike away until the weather gets brighter, do keep in mind that there are some things you need to take care of before.

First of all, you need a good place to store it. You definitely don’t want kids or someone else in the family knocking it over or turning it into a storage shelve. If you have a big garage, then you can safely store it away there and put some protective sheets over it, or even build a cover. If you don’t have a garage, you need to find a good parking spot. A good option would be to rent a spot in covered parking. Just like this San Francisco monthly parking service, you can find such options in almost every city.

Once you decided on a place, you need to prepare your ride for the long hiatus. Make sure you plug and cover your pipes, to protect them from corrosion during winter. By spraying a little light oil into the pipe ends and covering them with some plastic bags, you should be able to keep moisture from getting in and give yourself some peace of mind.

If you, do however, decide you want to keep using your motorbike during the winter season, here’s what you need to do:

Check battery health

When the temperature starts to drop, there will be even more strain put on your battery life. Cold starts, lights turned on more often, bar warmers, they all drain your battery life more than they did before. Make sure to periodically check the power, to avoid unfortunate situations, such as being left with 0 life in your battery in the middle of nowhere.

A healthy battery such be above 12.6 v, but cold temperatures can make it drop significantly lower. Especially before a long ride, make sure to charge your battery and check the voltage periodically, to ensure you can enjoy a risk-free ride. Also, if you find your battery draining way too fast, you may want to consider replacing it before you take the bike for another ride.

Check tires before every ride

Tires tend to lose pressure from time to time, especially during the winter, when the air inside gets cold. If you didn’t already, you should get into the habit of checking your tires before every ride, to ensure there is no damage from previous rides, as well as to verify that the pressure is optimal.

Also, you need to make sure you change your tires with winter-ready ones when roads start to get icy so that you don’t encounter grip problems. On snowy or icy roads, summer tires may be too slippery or prevent you from breaking on time. Changing your tires will ensure you don’t run the chance of accidents.

Use a good antifreeze

Liquid-cooled machines need water in their radiator to keep it cool, but we all know what happens with water in cold temperatures – it freezes. This is why you also need to add anti-freeze to the cooling system, to ensure the radiator does not overheat, but to also avoid frozen water in your pipes.

Ideally, you need to use antifreeze or coolant that has a low freezing point, usually down to -68 °F, so you don’t risk it freezing if the motorbike is parked outside. Also, make sure to check the antifreeze level periodically, to ensure it does not go beyond the lower limit.

Don’t forget lubrication

During the winter, ice on the roads is usually melted with salt. The combination of water and salt can get to the chains and make them rusty. This is why you need to make sure you clean and lubricate the chains periodically, to prevent salt or dirt from accumulating and damaging them.

Other moving parts, such as the controls (brake, pedals, and throttle) can also get damaged from ice or salt, so make sure to lubricate them as well.

What’s more, you should also consider changing the engine oil, as it can get dirty over time, which again, creates the perfect environment for corrosion.

Protect from corrosion

Over time, but especially during winter, the metal on your bike tends to accumulate moist. The problem with moist is that it creates the perfect environment for corrosion to damage your motorbike when you least expect it. Washing, drying and waxing your bike periodically will protect it from damage and ensure it keeps its shine even in freezing temperatures.

You can also apply anti-rust spray to the areas you consider vulnerable, to protect them. For better protection, make sure you apply it regularly, after cleaning your bike, so you don’t seal in the dirt.

Also, keep in mind that corrosion can happen if your bike is stored away as well, you remember to take it out for a cleaning session from time to time.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Parking victory for Sydney riders

A decision to charge riders for parking in some Sydney CBD areas has been reversed and riders who copped $82 parking fines have had them waived.

In October we reported on two such riders who were caught out when the jurisdiction of the parking area changed from City of Sydney council (COS) to state government.

Previously the riders were able to park free in the Rocks, Pyrmont and Darling Harbour areas including outside designated bike-only zones as long as they adhered to the time restrictions.

However, the state reclaimed the land in January, according to the council, and installed private company parking meters at the end of August 2019.

The COS website was only changed on 17 September 2019 after several motorcyclists complained, according to Property NSW.

“Disputed infringements issued before the website was updated have been waived,” they say.

After our publication of the unfair fines, they have reversed that decision.

A Department of Planning, Industry and Environment spokesperson told us:

We were recently made aware of inconsistencies between the government and the City of Sydney’s parking policies. We have now revised our parking guidelines and waived infringement notices relating to this discrepancy. Motorcycle and scooter riders no longer need to pay at any of the parking meters in our areas, however, must respect the time restrictions. Our policy is published on The Rocks website.

Day in court

Riders claim parking fines unfair
Jin and his yamaha custom

However, Jin Weng says it is no victory for him after taking a day off work without pay to fight the fine in court.

I pleaded guilty because pleading not guilty requires another hearing date and I can’t afford to take another day off work,” he says.

“Legal aid said it’s unlikely I can claim for my time even if I get a not guilty outcome, this is a shame as the courts should penalise councils and authorities for issuing fines in error otherwise there is no accountability for them to continually do this.

“It is unjust but I can see why most people just pay the fine as its multiple times the cost to challenge.

“I presented my supporting documents to the court and the judge decided on a section 10 1 (A) ruling meaning I am guilty but there is no conviction, or penalty. 

“I wouldn’t call it a victory given that I had to plea guilty to something that shouldn’t even been charged wasting half a day sitting in court.

They clearly did not want to waive my infringement by rejecting my appeal and proceeding with a court prosecution. They even took the time to submit to the courts a prosecution including the judge reading a statement from the prosecutor that I was aware of changes in the area as mentioned in my appeal.

“Will they be reimbursing me for taking a day off to go to court?”

Website update 

Riders claim parking fines unfair Sydney
Andrew and his scooter

Another fined Sydney rider, Andrew Johnstone, missed the change on the website and said the fines were unfair as there was not enough notice provided that the change had occurred.

He says the website has now been changed, but it “seems to say no and maybe”.

Click here for details. 

“Motorcyclists cannot be expected to read the website every day before parking a bike to ensure a road ownership hasn’t changed,” he said.

Andrew is still waiting for his fine to be waived.

Loss of Sydney spaces

The change in Sydney motorcycle parking follows the reduction of CBD kerbside parking last year to accommodate bus, pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure.

It prompted a petition for more motorcycle parking space.

Sydney motorcycle parking petition Emma MacIver
Emma launches petition

Petition organiser and commuter rider Emma MacIver says the city is lagging behind Melbourne and the rest of the world and Motorcycle Council of NSW parking subcommittee claimed council’s lack of consultation with riders on the issue was “disappointing”.

Emma’s petition has gained almost 2000 signatures.

Click here to sign her petition and make council pay attention!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Fight goes on despite disabled parking permit win

A Canberra rider who had his $600 disabled parking fine waived has also now received a second permit so he can have one in his car and one permanently on his motorcycle.

Alan Francis (pictured above) says a more compact motorcycle-specific permit would be handy, but he is happy with the verdict.

Victorian Motorcycle Experts Advisory Panel independent rider representative Dean Marks welcomes the decision, but says the campaign for more suitable motorcycle permits continues.

He says this is an issue for disabled riders right around Australia who are being “heavily fined and penalised”.

Disabled parking fine

Alan's new motorcycle parking permit
Alan’s new motorcycle parking permit

In March this year, Alan, 68, was issued with a $600 ticket for parking his bike in a disabled spot despite displaying a disabled parking permit.

It is believed the inspector told a witness that handicapped stickers are for those who can’t walk any distance and if the owner could ride a Harley he was a “fraud”.

Alan has a compressed spine and has difficulty walking, but not riding.

He had photocopied his disabled parking permit because it was too difficult to swap it between his car and his bike while guaranteeing the flimsy permit would not be stolen.

He did not know it was illegal to reproduce the permit and faced a further $228 fine.

Alan has now been issued with two disabled parking permits, but his is a special case and there is no provision for other disabled riders, nor for a smaller, motorcycle-specific permit.

He says he is grateful for his win and has now enclosed and firmly bolted the permit to his bike which he could not do before.

However, he says a smaller permit would be better.

Permit campaign

Dean Marks disabled permite parking
Dean Marks

Dean raised the matter of riders with disabilities being excluded from the parking provisions and traffic management programs in April. 

He says NSW seems to be leading the way by producing a suitable warrant for both motorcycles and cars.

“Riders around Australia are being disadvantaged as they are subject to penalties for parking in disabled parking spots even if they were legally permitted to as they had an issued permit for their car as no system existed to safely and securely attach same to a motorcycle,” he says.

He contacted the Victorian Roads Minister and VicRoads to ask for consideration in their extensive review of the disability parking system in Victoria to bring it in-line with Federal requirements.

However, he said it is evident that riders with disabilities are not taken into consideration in any way.

Dean Marks Riders invited to discuss mental health Shepherds Australia permit
Dean on another charity program to collect socks for the homeless

Victorian Roads Minister Jail Pulford has acknowledged the oversight and says she wrote to all local councils asking them to consider the needs of all motorcyclists in their traffic management plans.

Dean says the issue has become more pressing as councils such as Melbourne City begin removing rider parking from footpaths.

“Councils and local by-laws officers are acting inconsistently and making assumptions as to whether a rider could even have a disability and hence issuing infringements that placed these persons in stressful situations where they had to fight infringements that never should have been issued,” he says.

Dean says disabled riders risk their permit falling off or being stolen as it is difficult to fix properly to a motorbike.

“Should it be lost or stolen, the driver/rider then has a protracted process to have a new one re-issued and in the meantime would not have access to use disabled parking spots,” he says.

“I find it distressing that we are even having this conversation as it demonstrates that the needs of motorcyclists as a legitimate means of transport are not even in the minds of local councils, city planners and others responsible for making these decisions.

“It leaves me perplexed and wondering if anyone even asked question who holds a disabled parking permit and what are their needs.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com