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Riders invited to join government panel

Riders are invited to nominate to join a special panel to advise the Victorian Government on all matters involving motorcycles.

The Motorcycling Community Engagement Panel replaces the disbanded Motorcycling Expert Advisory Panel MCEP after a review of MEAP called by Road Safety Minister Jaala Pulford.

Some say it is a political move.

However, it also provides riders with a clean-slate opportunity to have their voice heard.

New panel

The MCEP will include five Victorian Government representatives and six community members with “a range of different attitudes, expertise and skills”.

Nominees must be current motorcycle riders with a valid licence and live in Victoria.

It precludes Victorian riders who have moved interstate and visiting riders attracted to the state’s famous riding roads or attend the annual MotoGP, Phillip Island Classic or World Superbikes.

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Yarra Ranges have some great roads

Click here to express your interest in joining the panel.

Be quick as expressions of interest close on Sunday (1 December 2019). The new panel is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter next year.

Positive approach

Former MEAP delegate Rob Salvatore is positive about Pulford’s new MCEP.

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Rob Salvatore

“The Minister has previous experience with the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee which after a review and refresh on her watch, developed into a genuine working committee helping set policy,” says Rob who is also VicRoads Transport Users Forum delegate and Victorian Motorcycle Council Vice Chair.

“I believe this is her motivation for the MEAP review.

“The review process was fairly open and involved all panel members.

“From a personal point of view, motorcycling is more complex than it first appears and that goes tenfold for the issues around motorcycling.

“While I support the broad search for new perspectives, I hope that those selected for the MCEP genuinely appreciate this truth about motorcycling.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Road repairs diverted to fix wire ropes

If riders needed another reason to reject wire rope barriers, it could be the fact that VicRoads has diverted road repair funds to fixing damaged barriers.

Riders have long been divided on whether WRBs are dangerous or not.

The Australian Motorcycle Council view is that they are not dangerous if placed correctly and not on corners. They also say they are cheaper so more funds can be devoted to safer barriers such as lower rub rails.

However, thousands disagree and have signed a petition to halt the rollout in Victoria.

The petition was launched last year by Liberal MP Richard Riordan (Polwarth) at the request of widow Jan White. Her husband , Phil, was killed when his Harley hit a kangaroo on the Calder Highway in November 2017. He was thrown from his bike and hit the WRBs, knocking down four posts.

CLICK HERE if you want to the sign the anti-WRB petition. (You don’t have to live in Victoria to sign the petition. Anyone who rides in Victoria can sign.)

Funds diverted

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Rural Victorian road

Now Richard has exposed that VicRoads diverted taxpayer funds from country road repairs to fix damaged wire rope barriers.

Motorcycle Riders Association of Victoria spokesman Damien Codognotto says that as well as safety concerns, wire rope barriers come at a high maintenance cost.

“Wire rope barriers have a shorter working life and are much more easily damaged than w-beam steel or concrete barriers,” he says.

“VicRoads has publicly admitted that more than 3000 repairs had to be done on wire rope barrier in a year.

“Each repair requires a truck, special tools spare parts and a trained crew of at least two. It has to be the most expensive barrier type ever used in Victoria.

“VicRoads and TAC believed their own hype and spent $ billions on wire rope barrier. They did not budget for the repair costs.”

He says the result is that money was “quietly diverted” from fixing rural roads and keeping them in safe condition to cover their “financial/safety blunder”.

Meanwhile, the State Government has only budgeted $425 million allocated to fixing rural roads this financial year and there is now talk of reducing the country speed limit to 80km/h.

Safety concerns

Damien says safety concerns about wire rope barriers were vindicated by a crash last week on the Monash Freeway where a small SUV flatted the barriers and hit a concrete bridge.

“The wire rope barrier was placed specifically placed to stop cars hitting the bridge,” he says.

“It failed. Four people went to hospital. One critical. The car was destroyed. The freeway was closed during the morning traffic peak period.

“How much did all that cost?

“Time and again the media records wire rope barrier not performing as promoted by VicRoads and TAC. People are getting hurt and killed.”

He says barrier crashes such as on the Monash Freeway, are generally not recorded in VicPol accident reports.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com