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Tragic month for NSW and Queensland riders

It’s been a tragic month for riders in NSW and Queensland where 11 people have died as warmer weather has more venturing out on the road.

In the past two days, two riders have died on NSW roads.

The latest fatality involves a motorcyclist and a school bus colliding in South Nowra about 6.45am today (Tuesday 29 October 2019).

The young male rider died in the crash at the intersection of Flinders Road and Bellevue Street.

As is the usual practice, police have taken the uninjured bus driver to hospital for mandatory testing.

There were no passengers on the bus.

A cause has not yet been revealed and a brief will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Statistical spike

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Spring rider

Let’s hope it is the end of the carnage for October which has seen the usual spike in motorcycle crashes as more riders hit the roads for spring.

While Queensland riders are out year-round, some NSW riders hibernate their bikes over winter and come out in spring for leisure and commuting.

Over the past month there have been seven riders killed on NSW roads and four in Queensland.

We can probably expect a knee-jerk reaction from politicians and police in response, but it is mainly a seasonal situation.

Motorcycle deaths in NSW up to the end of September were slightly up on last year, but down over the past four years.

In Queensland, rider deaths were down a substantial 16.6% by the end of September. 

Thankfully, there were no known rider deaths in Victoria this month. However, a tragic start to the year has Victorian rider deaths up about 28% over the previous year and the five-year average.

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These are the crashes on NSW in October:

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Our sincere condolences to all the families and friends of those lost and our best wishes for a speedy and full recovery to those injured.

We would rather not report on crashes, but we hope the articles prompt readers to take even more caution and responsibility for their own safety.

Seeking cause and blame won’t heal broken bodies.

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Rider, 22, dies in Cairns crash

A 22-year-old male rider has died after his motorcycle crashed at Stratford in northern Cairns, Queensland, this afternoon (Sunday 29 September 2019).

Police say the rider was heading north on the Captain Cook Highway about 12.30pm when it hit a guardrail of the Barron River Bridge and crashed down an embankment.

Emergency services attended and the Gordonvale man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1901898179

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Crashed rider’s body found 12 hours later

The body of a 42-year-old man has been found up to 12 hours after he went missing on a country road in the Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane yesterday.

Queensland Police say the rider died “following a single-vehicle motorcycle crash” on Lowood Minden Road at Coolana.

“Preliminary information indicates the motorcycle was travelling south along Lowood Minden Road sometime between 8.15pm and 10pm (September 23) when it left the road and crashed,” Police say.

TheRegency Downs man’s body was found beside his motorcycle about 10.45am yesterday by a member of the public.

He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the cause of the crash.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24 hours a day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au.

Quote this reference number: QP1901862518

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Meanwhile, a 19-year-old P-plate driver from Kellyville  has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death after a crash with a 41-year-old man on scooter in Sydney.

The collision between a Toyota Hilux ute and the scooter occurred in the back streets of Five Dock about 8.45pm, Tuesday (24 September 2019).

Emergency services were called to the intersection of Spencer Street and William Street following reports that a car and motorised scooter collided.

The rider was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics. He died a short time later.

Officers attached to Burwood Police Area Command attended and established a crime scene that will be examined by the Metro Crash Investigation Unit.

The male driver of the Hilux was arrested and taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

He was later charged and will appear in court today.

Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash continue.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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Cops issuing incorrect helmet fines?

Just days after we published an article in which Queensland Police waived an erroneous fine for a “void” helmet sticker, a second similar incorrect infringement has surfaced.

And it seems one of the chiefs of the Road Policing Command is so out of touch with the Australian and Queensland Road Rules and Standards he even thinks European-approved helmets can’t be sold legally in Queensland stores.

The lack of police knowledge about helmet rules has alarmed the new Australian Motorcycle Council chairman, Guy Stanford. 

He has called on Police Minister Mark Ryan and Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll to ensure officers are correctly educated about the rules before more riders are erroneously fined.

And Queensland is not the only state where police are getting the rules and standards wrong. Click here for more details.

Incorrect fine

Void helmet Ian Joice
Ian with his “void” sticker

In the first instance of an incorrect helmet fine, a rider had an external sticker showing “VOID” from sun exposure and an internal certification label affected by wear and sweat

Neither the Australian Road Rules nor the Australian Standards make any reference to an age limit for motorcycle helmets.

Police admitted their error and said it was an “isolated incident” and “the officer has been given guidance regarding the matter”.

However, that is not the case and police are issuing incorrect fines because they apparently don’t know the relevant road rules and helmet standards.

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In the second incident, Robbie Graham copped a fine for a non-compliant helmet even though it had a proper Australian compliance sticker on the outside although the interior label had disappeared with normal wear and tear.

Guy says riders only need one form of certification “mark” on their helmet, either the external sticker or internal label, not both.

He says there is no reference in the road rules nor standard to helmets being non-compliant because of the wear and tear to the certification sticker or label.

The Queensland Department of Transport also notes that “either” a sticker or label is all that is legally required.

Fight against incorrect fine

Robbie has vowed to fight the $400/three-demerit-point fine and has written to the Police Commissioner and Department.

We also contacted Police HQ to ask why this has occurred, how they would ensure proper education of their officers and whether they would waive the incorrect fine.

Their insufficient reply did not answer any of our questions.

Instead, police referred us to the officer in charge and said “personal correspondence has been provided to the relevant party regarding this matter”.

That “personal correspondence” consisted of a phone message left for Robbie by an officer from the Organised Crime Gangs Maxima Road Policing Unit.

The message suggested Robbie had “two options — you can pay the fine or go to court”.

We contacted the phone number supplied and spoke with the Officer in Charge of the unit, Sgt Cameron Wilson.

The Sgt agrees that riders only need either the sticker or label as stated on the Department of Transport website and admitted by police in waiving Ian’s fine.

However, he says if the helmet only has the sticker, it needs to have all the information that is on the internal label as well as a date of manufacture.

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Guy Stanford

Guy points out that there has never been any external sticker with all that information and the date of manufacture is superfluous because there is expiry date requirement for helmets.

Not only was his interpretation of the rules askew, but he didn’t even know that European-approved helmets could legally be sold in shops.

We asked Police HQ what training police received on helmet rules.

They replied: “Although there is no specific formal training package regarding motor cycle helmets, all officers are trained in statutory interpretation to enable them to enforce the law.”

Guy says the term “trained in statutory interpretation” sounds like something the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland would say.

“Perhaps this Sergeant needs to take advice from a hookah-smoking caterpillar before he goes crimson with rage and demands “Off with his head!” before going off to play croquet using flamingos for sticks,” he says.

“We really are in some childish alternate reality with this stuff.”

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While police continue to incorrectly issue helmet fines, riders are left with the two options of paying a fine for an offence they did not commit or waste the court’s time and their time with the expense of a court hearing.

“They shouldn’t be issuing incorrect fines to people in the first place,” Robbie says.

“This doesn’t show ethics or integrity. It’s just wrong.

“You have to stand up for everyone else not just yourself.”

We contacted the Police Minister who has now asked the police to investigate the matter.

The Police Commissioner has been asked for comment, but is busy with bushfires this weekend and may not reply until next week.

We will follow the progress of Robbie’s fine challenge.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Crashed rider finds missing motorcyclist

A rider who slid off the road has coincidentally found the body of Sandgate rider Siemon Mulder who went missing while out for a ride last Monday (19 August 2019).

Siemon, 66, set out for a “joy ride” at 9am on Monday (19 August 2019) on his blue Triumph Sprint ST registration 769DW, heading to Esk. He was due back at noon but never returned.

His son, Paul, says it was a chance crash by a rider that led to the sad discovery this morning at 8.20 near a left-hand bend on the Maleny Stanley River Road at Booroobin.

Sade discovery

“Coincidentally a rider slid off the road at the exact same spot,” Paul says.

“Police told us he was picking his bike up when he noticed dad’s bike down a steep embankment.

“I don’t know who the rider is, but it was very lucky, otherwise we could have been looking for weeks and weeks.

“Volunteers actually walked along that area a few times already and we flew over it in a helicopter the other day.

“If you didn’t know where to look you wouldn’t have seen anything, even if you were right over the top.”

Siemon Mulder
Siemon Mulder

Thanks to volunteers

Paul says the whole family would like to extend their thanks to the South East Queensland motorcycle community for rallying to their aid in the search.

“Mum (Wendy) has been in tears of happiness for all the people who have come to our aid and helped with the search,” he says.

“A big thanks to everyone.”

Colin Francis, whose daughter is scheduled to marry Siemon’s son, Luke, on August 31, says the discovery is “at least is some closure for the family, but it’s not the outcome we had hoped for”.

“We’ve been out on the Esk Rd today and there were hundreds of riders out,” he says.

“These people responded to our call and they have done a magnificent job.

“I even saw a few guys on scooters stopping and peering over the edges of the road.

“The motorcycle community camaraderie is real.”

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Paul and Siemon

Paul says he would occasionally ride his Kawasaki Ninja 300 with his father.

“I used to live in Victoria and I once rode up from Victoria and he met me half way,” he said.

“He was an avid rider who loved freedom.

“He was a true gentleman, very kind and a gentle man who was willing to help anyone out.”

The sad incident is a timely lesson for all solo riders to tell others where they are going.

Always take your mobile phone, download locator apps or, if in remote areas with no mobile signal, pack an EPIRB, beacon or GPS tracker.

A report on the incident will be prepared for the coroner.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24 hours a day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or at crimestoppersqld.com.au.

Quote this reference number: QP1901609506

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Missing rider’s son fears accident

Paul Mulder, son of missing rider Siemon, says he and his father (pictured above) often went on rides and he was a competent rider, but he fears he may have had an accident.

The search for Siemon is now in its fifth day after he went missing on Monday (19 August 2019).

The 66-year-old Sandgate rider set out for a “joy ride” at 9am on Monday on his blue Triumph Sprint ST registration 769DW.

He said he was heading to Esk and was due back at noon but never returned.

Fears for dad

Siemon Mulder

“I often ride with dad,” Paul says.

“He’s an incredibly competent rider. He’s been riding since he was 15 and he knows all the roads in the area and wouldn’t to do anything stupid.

“Dad doesn’t have any real health issues; nothing to do with that.

“He could have slipped or come around a corner and hit some gravel. There’s not much you can do. Some of those corners you are not going to have much luck with no barriers there.

“He could have even stopped at the side of the road to have a pee and slipped. With a full tank of fuel, once it goes you would be hard pressed to stop that bike.”

Areas to search

Paul supplied this possible route (photo below) and asked riders to also search the Boonah Beaudesert Road near the Wyaralong Dam.

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Click here for the Google Map

I’m pretty confident as we have been down that road before,” he says.

Although Paul has today been concentrating on the area around Esk after an unconfirmed report of a sighting at the Enigma Cafe.

“What we really need is to find a sighting at a fuel station or someone’s dashcam to give Police and us an idea of where to concentrate the search.

“At the moment it’s a big area.”

Volunteers searching

Today’s search also involved volunteer riders, police and SES volunteers.

“We have been on the Esk-Kilcoy Road and flew drones over Somerset Dam, Mt Glorious and Mt Nebo.”

Over the past couple of days, they have also had Police helicopter and private helicopter searches paid for through a Gofundme campaign.

“At the moment we’re all clutching at straws with what has happened,” Paul says.

“We think it’s some sort of accident.

“We’re not sure why he didn’t have his phone on. The big thing is he liked having that freedom on the bike. He might not have turned it off on purpose but just forgot to charge it.”fears Siemon Mulder

Riders have been asked by the family to scour the region this weekend while they are out and about.

Other areas suggested by readers for the search are forestry areas closer to Brisbane, Wivenhoe Pocket, Samford and Eatons Hill.

Off-road riders have also been urged to become involved in the search in creeks and thick vegetation.

If Siemon has run off the road, riders should be searching for skid marks on the road or verge, broken glass and plastic on the road, bent-back bushes and the glint of shining objects in roadside bushes.

A co-ordinated volunteer search will run tomorrow from the BP at Blacksoil. Click here for more details.

Any clues or sightings should be phoned in to Policelink on 131 444.

You can also contact Motorbike Writer on 0400 366620 and we will post on social media to help narrow the search area.

Let’s find Siemon

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Siemon Mulder

Siemon is about 180cm tall with a slim build, grey short hair and grey facial hair.

He was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and black helmet with a dark tinted visor.

Riders searching for Siemon should also take care if they are riding slowly not to hold up traffic, use their hazard lights and take care of their own safety.

It’s a good lesson for all solo riders to tell others where you are going, take your mobile phone, download locator apps or, if in remote areas with no mobile signal, pack an EPIRB, beacon or GPS tracker.

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Riders searching for missing man

South East Queensland riders have been out searching for a 66-year-old Sandgate rider who has been missing since Monday when he set out for a “joy ride” to Esk.

Siemon Mulder left Sandgate at 9am this morning to ride his blue Triumph Sprint ST registration 769DW (pictured) to Esk and planned to return home by noon. He has not been heard from since.

Police have confirmed this morning that he is still missing and have called for public help to locate him.

Riders have responded with dozens scouring the region’s popular motorcycle routes over the past couple of days.

Police helicopters have also searched the area by car and helicopter.

“Police and family hold concerns for his safety as this behaviour is out of character,” Police say.

Siemon is about 180cm tall with a slim build, grey short hair and grey facial hair.

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Siemon Mulder

He was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and black helmet with a dark tinted visor.

Police say he was a cautious rider, but they are considering he may have had an accident.

They have checked his mobile phone which was last used in Sandgate and say he always uses cash when out on the road.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 44provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day. Quote this reference number: QP1901609506

Searching for clues

If Siemon has run off the road, riders should be searching for skid marks on the road or verge, broken glass and plastic on the road, bent-back bushes and the glint of shining objects in roadside bushes.

Riders searching for Siemon should also take care if they are riding slowly not to hold up traffic, use their hazard lights and take care of their own safety.

It’s a good lesson for all solo riders to tell others where you are going, take your mobile phone, download locator apps or, if in remote areas, pack an EPIRB, beacon or GPS tracker.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Two riders die in overnight crashes

Police in NSW and Queensland are investigating two crashes in which riders died early last night (20 August 2019).

In one incident, police say a motorcycle was travelling eastbound along the Warrego Highway three kilometres from Minden about 6.30pm when the rider “has attempted to overtake two trucks and has lost control”.

“As a result, the motorcyclist has collided with one of the trucks and was pronounced deceased at the scene,” police say.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Rider dies in Tweed Heads crash

Just across the border, an 18-year-old male rider died when his moped collided wth a Holden Colorado about 6pm in the southbound lanes on Ducat Street.

The teenager was knocked off the moped and was struck by a northbound Toyota Prado.

He died at the scene.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District attended and established a crime scene.

The 42-year-old male driver of the Holden, and the 46-year-old female driver of the Toyota were uninjured.

They were taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.

The road was closed for about five hours while the scene was examined.

Inquiries continue and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

  • Our sincere condolences to the riders’ friends and families.

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Male rider dies in Sunday crash on Mt Glorious

A motorcyclist out for a Sunday ride on his favourite local mountain road has died in a crash.

The 34-year-old male rider from Middle Park was enjoying a Sunday ride on Mt Glorious (pictured above) Brisbane’s favourite motorcycling road, at 8.27am today when he “lost control and struck a tree”, police say.

The incident happened on Mt Glorious Road, about one kilometre west of the township.

Emergency services responded to the incident and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

“Passing motorists stopped and rendered assistance and first aid until the arrival of police and emergency services,” police say.

Emergency treatment was provided, however the man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police delayed releasing information until the rider’s family had been contacted.

Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1901452523

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Rider killed, another injured in two crashes

A male rider has died after hitting a guard rail and another rider has been injured after being hit by a truck in seperate crashes in South East Queensland yesterday afternoon.

Police say a man died at the scene of a crash at Yandina about 2.30pm.

He was riding south on the Bruce Highway when he hit a guard rail and was flung from the motorcycle.

They say no more details are available as they are having trouble contacting the next of kin.

Forensic Crash Unit are investigating.

Our condolences to the man’s family and friends.

Second crash

In the other incident, police are investigating a three-vehicle-crash which occurred in Jindalee at 2.15pm (photo top of page).

The rider was hading south on the Centenary Highway when he collided with a car.

“The impact threw the motorcyclist to the ground where he was struck by a passing struck,” police say.

The 21-year-old male rider from Boronia Heights was transported to hospital with serious injuries. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

The 18-year-old female driver of the car from Chelmer and the 55-year-old male truck driver from Leichardt were not injured.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the crash.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1901334120

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