Uncle Damien's Say
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
MOTORCYCLE FORUM AT THE WODONGA BOWLING CLUB
Proposed high visibility clothing laws for motorcyclists generated an angry response from riders across the country when they were promoted at a forum in Wangaratta last month.
Another forum will be held at the Wodonga Bowling Club next Thursday evening, August 16, 2012.
IRG understands that at least one member of the Ridesmart North East organising committee resigned in protest.
IRG was not given permission to make a 15 minute presentation on conspicuity laws and their legal effects to the riders attending.
More information on Damien's site - http://damiencodognottooam.blogspot.com.au/
Damien Codognotto OAM
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
For three decades the annual BLOOD CHALLENGE has been run from December 1 to the end of February.
The BLOOD CHALLENGE is a campaign to encourage Australians to give blood and to promote road safety. It began when the Motorcycle Riders' Association (MRA) in Melbourne challenged police to give more blood than riders. That was 1979. It is the longest-running, most successful donor campaign ever organised for the Red Cross in this country, possibly the world.
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS) turned its' back on the BLOOD CHALLENGE in Tasmania, Victoria and NSW in recent years. In 2009 the Victorian competition was turned into a video game, inaccessible to many, and most promotion stopped.
On December 14, 2009, Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon (Tel: 02 6277 7220) wrote to BLOOD CHALLENGE founder Damien Codognotto OAM.
"It is with great disappointment that I learned you have chosen to return your award in recognition of your 32 years of service as a volunteer with the Australian Red Cross (ARC). I understand that you are displeased with the ARC and its plans for the launch of the annual Summer Blood Challenge to encourage the Australian public to donate blood.
I have written to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and asked it to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. ......."
The ARCBS ignored the Minister's request, just as it ignored requests for more front line staff to keep donor couches open, sensible hours to make blood banks available to more Australians and a more flexible booking system. The ARCBS makes poor use of mobile blood banks. It closed many blood banks, especially in rural areas. It treats donors as numbers and volunteers as pests to be tolerated.
In spite of population growth we still hear that only 3% of Australians give blood. It's not because they wouldn't. It's probably because the corporatised ARCBS has alienated donors and volunteers, certainly in Victoria, over a decade.
"The blood service is a public relations and administration disaster and it's costing society dearly." Codognotto said.
Damien Codognotto OAM
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Astonishing ignorance from our top traffic cop. I can understand Neil Mitchel not knowing what he's talking about but Assistant Commissioner Noel Ashby was embarrassing on 3AW last Tuesday. For the taxes we pay we are not getting good service in this area. If I was Ashby I'd be very angry with my researchers and giving the Victoria Police Media Unit a serious pay-out. Damien Codognotto OAM
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2007 10:44 AM
As I predicted, some journos and drivers just can't resist the opportunity to hate riders. Be they bicyclists or on powered two-wheelers. The share-the-road stuff was buried on page two! Waste of paper as journos at Channels 7 & 9 demonstrated tonight and probably tabloid journos will do in the morning. I hope AAMI will admit part responsibility for any rise in bike casualties over the next few weeks as those one-in-ten-thousand drivers lose their tempers and run riders off our roads.
I'll certainly be letting anyone I know that I would not do business with AAMI in a fit. I don't feel that AAMI contibutes to my safety as a pedestrian or a rider. Maybe an over-reaction but that's how I feel. In spite of what the ABS puts out there are some 260, 000 + Victorians who hold a licence to ride a motorbike or scooter. I think 90% + of them also own cars. So it's a significant market.
I'm sure you did not mean to do the damage you did on behalf of AAMI but there you go. It's done. Damien Codognotto OAM
"AAMI National Media Release.
They may be fashionable, more manoeurvrable and easier to park than cars but one-third (33%) of [car?]drivers nationally say motor scooters are the new menace on Australia's capital city roads."
The information AAMI's PR company uses, we are told, comes from the Queensland Parliamentary Travelsafe Committee. Travelsafe are the committee that ignored rider & industry representatives in November 2006 (?) and introduced a year's car licence before being allowed a bike learner permit, effectively raising the bike licence age to 19 and giving novice riders a whole range of bad riding habits. The ABS. Last time I contacted the ABS it was because they listed Victorian motorcycle licences at around 8000 when there are about 280,000. Unreliable data, I'd have thought. The MRAA website, for credibility? and Sweeney research also supplied information.
I could go on but why don't you give them a ring.
I will not be surprised if Neville has already had talks with police etc. re the anti bike gang laws. He might even have assured our law-enforcement agencies that the Ulysses club wouldn't object to a crack down on bike clubs. Wasn't that what he did with the $55 per bike, per year, TAC tax in Victoria? Then he reportedly wanted the tax transfered to bike licences so the authorities could take more loot and lower income folk in particular would find it better financially to give up their bike licences! How about a definative statement Nev?
I doubt Neville has much contact with ordinary Australians, maybe some in the higher income brackets, but few otherwise? He just does not seem to understand what law-abiding, responsible motorbike & scooter riding is about. I'm happy to be corrected publicly if Nev's pro-civil-rights.
Personally, I don't think the Ulysses Club should have an official position on this at all. Ulysses was set up as a social club for over 50s (40s). Ulysses should not have a political role at all.
----- Original Message -----
On 7/16/07, UNCLE DAMIEN wrote:
----- Original Message ----- From: A/D Sadler
MEDIA RELEASE 2 - LEARNER APPROVED MOTORCYCLES.
July 6 2007
Motorcycle reform welcomed
The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) commends the Minister for Roads and Ports, Mr Tim Pallas, for his announced introduction of a Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) for Victoria.
“This is very good news for motorcyclists and will contribute positively to the safe use of motorcycles, and the correct matching of motorcycle with rider, on the State’s roads,” VACC Executive Director David Purchase said.
Mr Purchase calls on the Minister to now implement this overdue safety initiative as soon as possible.
“It makes much more sense for power to weight ratio to be the determinant for learner and probationary riders, rather than the erroneous cubic centimetre limit that has applied until now.
“This announcement sensibly brings Victoria into line with South Australia, Tasmania and NSW,” he said.
“Learners and probationary riders can now choose motorcycles best suited to their experience, size and body shape. It will also encourage them to choose a motorcycle that they will then hang onto, rather than leaping onto a high-powered machine the moment their 260cc restriction period ends.
“VACC has been pushing for a review of LAMS through its participation on the Minister’s Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Council, and we are pleased that the Minister has taken this positive step.
“Sales of motorcycles and scooters have been going through the roof. The adoption of LAMS is the first meaningful motorcycle policy reform in many years in Victoria. It is increasingly important we create a safer road-use regime for the growing army of two-wheeled commuters and motorcycle users.
“We now urge the Minister to look at other areas of reform of Victoria’s motorcycling and road-sharing practices.
“VACC would like to see signed motorcycle and scooter Safe Routes, with special traffic sharing initiatives such as dedicated lanes and safety boxes at intersections, to make two-wheeled transport as safe as it can possibly be.
“This is a very good announcement by the Minister,” David Purchase said.
Sent: Sunday, April 22, 2007 2:00 PM
For your info.
Jordan Baker Transport Reporter
Get into the debate on road tolls.
The Melbourne Age ran a front page story today headlined NEW TOLLS URGED TO CUT TRAFFIC.
"Congestion on Melbourne's roads costing economy up to $2.6 bn a year, inquiry finds. New tolls on existing roads could be considered as part of a road strategy to ease worsening traffic congestion ......." I strongly oppose road users paying for infrastructure they own. Traffic congestion is the result of too many cars. 70% of cars round Melbourne carry one person. Many of those trips could be made better another way. Traffic congestion costs us billions and destroys our quality of life.
The solutions to the congestion problems include:
* Completing unfinished road projects.
* Better road maintenance.
* A moratorium on new road projects.
* Major investments in public transport.
* Encouraging environmentally-friendly, space efficient vehicles like bicycles, motorcycles & scooters.
* Ensure there is adequate, free and secure parking at public transport (park & ride facilities) terminuses and hubs.
* Discouraging single-occupant cars.
Bicycles, motorcycles and scooters should never pay road tolls because:
* Riders would avoid safer toll roads.
* Riders would take alternate routes possibly damaging the amenity of some areas.
* Riders improve traffic flow by reducing the number of cars on a road (most riders have cars) and by traffic filtering.
* Riders would be discouraged from using environmentally-friendly, space-efficient vehicles.
* Toll companies and their share holders won't benefit financially or PRwise by charging riders tolls.
* Tolling equipment was not designed to toll bikes. The cost of developing and supplying a system riders would find satisfactory and acceptable would be prohibitive. To join the debate and/or read the report go to www.theage.com.au . What they say about bicycles, motorcycles and scooters should be interesting.
Damien Codognotto OAM
Tim Pallas MLA
Dear Minister Pallas.
In January 2007 the Motorcycle Riders' Association in Melbourne invited Ulysses Club Vice President from Adelaide, Newville Grey (among others) to a meeting with you as the new Victorian Transport Minister. No representatives of the motorbike & scooter industry or off-road riders were invited. After that meeting Neville Grey issued a written outline of the meeting which was circulated on the internet. Apparently he proposed that the discriminatory $54 per bike per year TAC tax be moved from road-registered bikes to bike licences because this would mean more cash into Victorian Governemnt coffers. This from a South Australian representing a social club for over-fifties riders. The Motorcycle Riders' Association in Victoria has a written policy on the tax and MRA representatives at the meeting with you had no right to change that policy.
"Policy. The MRA strongly opposes the $50 TAC levy."
Also MRA written policy. "Policy. The MRA will oppose legislation we perceive to be ineffectual or discriminatory."
The TAC $54 (and rising) tax is definitely discriminatory.
It can also be considered ineffectual because, while some good may have come of it, far greater good would have come from giving the Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Council (VMAC) proper authority and funding similar to that for the bicycle community.
This year bicycle safety and facilities in Victoria will get $7 million plus from the State Government, $ 2 million from the Melbourne City Council and a further $490,000 or so from Vicroads for a new bicycle only lane through the CBD. This doesd not include funding from other Councils or from the Federal Government. While Victoria's motorbike & scooter riders are forced to pay this unfair tax, we will never get a proper budget for VMAC. The situation is disgraceful and the level of anger in the motorcycle community is rising. Before the November 2006 State election the Liberals, the Nationals and the Greens all recognised the TAC antibike tax was unfair to Victoria's 260,000 plus bike licence holders and that it discouraged environmentally friendly vehicles. The next Victorian election may be some time away but the an tibike tax issue will not go away. Abolish the TAC motorbike & scooter tax and fund VMAC appropriately. Any attempt to tax riders licences will be fought and defeated as it was in Tasmania.
Damien Codognotto OAM.
Please bear in mind that the BLOOD CHALLENGE
In January 2007 two BLOOD CHALLENGES are running
Victorian Donor Champions for the last several
I did not include the riders' or police scores
Have a look at these results.
NSW/ACT Police 750 units of blood donated!
NSW/ACT riders 853.
I'm impressed. What a fantastic effort from north
There's still time to get to a blood bank. The
Call 13 14 95 to find out more.
Damien Codognotto OAM
is a keen motorcyclist. He
2007, he will be at the 13th annual Silverwater
Street & Custom Motorcycle Show as a guest Judge.
War Two Re-enactment Club of Australia. All their
bikes have been painstakingly restored to
of the motorcycle in WW2 can contact Eric Moeller
on 0410 398 459. Or Marc Hutchin on 0418 630 322.
of his riding experiences including recollections of
his involvement in the National Motorcycle Awareness
Ride in Canberra last January. The NMAR was organised
by Bikers Australia.
To Members of the Victorian Parliament and the Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Council (VMAC). I call on MPs to raise the test photographed in Parliament and to insist on full disclosure of the real cost of wire rope barriers (WRBs). I call on VMAC to insist on real, objective and independent research into what happens to motorbike & scooter riders who hit WRB. Five of the attached photos were taken by Graeme Posker of OZ Sidecars on Wednesday, January 24, 2007. The site is on the Burwood Highway in Upper Ferntree Gully, east of Melbourne. The pictures show padding around WRB posts. The place is the site of motorcyclist Toby Noble's death in November 2002. There was nothing in the coroner's short report to suggest he would not have survived if the WRB had not been there. Presumably this is a trial of the pads but I don't know anyone who was consulted about it. It does not seem logical to me that this is a safety trial unless a rider slams into the padded WRB for real and a full scientific investigation of the crash is undertaken. It looks like a product weathering test. Of the seven or eight fatal crashes, that we know about, at WRB sites, there has never even been a full coroner's inquiry into any of these deaths. In the coroners' reports on WRB deaths that I've seen, there is nothing to suggest that the victim would not have survived if the WRB had not been in the way or if a smooth concrete barrier was used instead of WRB. I would be interested in any lawyer's opinions on WRB, pads and the road authority's legal liability. To my mind these pads are an admission that WRBs are dangerous to riders. To my mind too, this trial is just spending budget because the cost of putting this padding on all WRB in Australia would be prohibitive. The research money, probably the discriminatory TAC tax on Victorian riders, would have been better spent on good science studying what happens to a rider who hits the steel posts of a WRB. VMAC should study ALL the riders who have died at WRB sites. I do not believe that there are only seven or eight dead or that no rider has been seriously injured sliding into this deadly fence. There was good police data from the WRB crash that killed the woman near Hobart in Tasmania. The attached photo taken near Orford in Tasmania on January 12, 2007, shows WRB that meets no safety standard I've ever seen. Australian road authorities have a massive investment in WRB. Australian road authorities are the primary source of funding for researchers. It may not please some that this barrier system has been shown not to stop larger vehicles as the manufacturer's sales video claims. A look at the video of the fatal truck crash at Yatala in Queensland on July 24, 2006, will convince most that WRB simply won't stop vehicles with large diameter wheels. In that crash a truck crossed the median strip of a divided highway, careering head-on into a line of cars. The WRB didn't stop it. One dead, eight in hospital, six or eight vehicles destroyed. The highway was closed in both directions for several hours. The RACQ's John Wikman called for the WRB to be replaced. The manufacturer said WRB was never designed to stop trucks! It will be interesting to see what the Coroner has to say about the Yatala fatal. An objective look at the cost to the taxpayer of WRB, including purchase, installation, maintenance & repair and replacement (after about 10 years compared to concrete barrier's 80 or so years) should convince most that spending road safety funds on experimenting with pads that can never be fully deployed, even if they did work, is a further waste of road safety funds. Whatever has been spent, it is too much for a weathering test on a doomed product. Damien Codognotto OAM MRA Life Member. Ulysses Club 21208. 0419 846 855.
From July 2007 would-be motorbike & scooter riders in
Queensland will have to hold a car licence for a year
before they can even apply for a bike learner permit.
bad science done by non-rider bureaucrats. The logic isn't
there and terms such as "estimating", "implies", "may
result in" and "likely to occur" are too common in the
Government's justification of this very bad law. The decision
locally. It is based on a paper search of interstate and
overseas documents with no guarantees of methodology
Reduce cost of motorbike & scooter casualties to the
Restrict environmentally friendly vehicles.
Restrict vehicles that ease traffic congestion.
Cost jobs in the motorcycle industry.
Cost jobs in the tourist industry.
Damage motorcycle sport.
vehicles on-road. Motorbike & scooter riders are legitimate
road users, they are environmentally friendly. They pay
road tax. Governments recognise this legitimacy by
safety. Its' training system is hopeless compared to the
southern states yet it introduces this unfair restriction
while its' road user education efforts are below the national
young people's risk of exposure to a bike crash while doing
nothing to reduce the prime cause of vulnerable road user
casualties, car driver error. Mobile phone laws aren't enforced,
TV screens in dash boards and much more.
on a bike, on-road, before getting a car learner permit
because anecdotal evidence says that drivers with two-wheel
experience hit other road users less often. Car driver error
is the greatest cause of vulnerable road user casualties. It's
effects of becoming a safe rider on driver behaviour.
environment while introducing what is probably the oldest
bike licence age in the world.
their Members of Parliament now. Queenslanders can get the
contact for their MP at www.parliament.qld.gov.au .
FROM JULY 2007 would-be motorbike & scooter riders in Queensland will have to hold a car licence for a year before they can apply for a bike learner permit. It is not clear how this effects small, auto scooter riders.
This discriminatory and restrictive legislation is based on bad science done by non-rider bureaucrats. The logic isn't there and terms such as "estimating", "implies", "may result in" and "likely to occur" are too common in the Government's justification of this very bad law. The decision is not based on real consultation or good science done locally. It is based on a paper search of interstate and overseas documents with no guarantees of methodology or relevance.
The new regulation won't:
Reduce motorbike & scooter casualties.
The new regulation will:
Increase illegal riding.
Responsible authorities world-wide are promoting the safe use of green vehicles. In 2007 vehicle emmissions and traffic stress are real. Motorbike & scooter riders are legitimate road users. They are environmentally friendly. They pay road tax. Governments recognise this legitimacy by road-registering two-wheelers. It is hypocrisy for the Qld Govt to claim it cares about rider safety. It
It is hypocrisy for the Qld Govt to claim they are reducing young people's risk of exposure to a bike crash while doing nothing to reduce the prime cause of vulnerable road user casualties, car driver error. Mobile phone laws aren't enforced, TV screens are allowed on dash boards and much more.
It is hypocrisy for the Qld Govt to claim it cares about the environment while introducing what is probably the oldest bike licence age in the world. Bike riders and bike industry people in Qld should be contacting their Members of Parliament now. Queenslanders can get the contact for their MP at www.parliament.qld.gov.au
Damien Codognotto OAM
BLOOD CHALLENGES RUN TO THE END OF FEBRUARY IN VICTORIA AND IN NSW/ACT
MEDIA RELEASE - 28th BLOOD CHALLENGEThe 28th annual BLOOD CHALLENGE runs to the end of February 2007 in Victoria. There are other BLOOD CHALLENGES but this is the longest-running donor promotion for the Red Cross in Australia, maybe the world. It began in 1978 when the Motorcycle Riders' Association's founding President, Damien Codognotto, challenged the Victoria Police to give more blood than Victoria's riders over summer.
The latest 2006/'07 Challenge update shows 37 organisations competing. The Country Fire Authority has the highest score ahead of the Scouts and individual donors. Victoria's motorcyclists are fourth leading the Police in fifth place.
BUT, the total is well down on this time last year.
Damien Codognotto OAM
BLOOD CHALLENGE Co-ordinator for HONDA MPE.
Mobile: 0419 846 855.
01/01/2007 - LETTER TO THE EDITOR.
Happy New Year Victoria!
Thursday 21st December, 2006.
Good morning BLOOD CHALLENGE Co-ordinators,
Thank you for your efforts in promoting the 28th annual Summer Blood Challenge to your organisations, we have just ticked past the third week of the challenge with some great results. However, we are about 150 donations down on the same time as last year, so if you haven't given the challenge a plug within your organisation we would be very appreciative if you could give it a kick start over the coming weeks.
Who's doing well?
The Scouts and Rovers are also lighting up the table, even though they have a jumbo sized Jamboree just around the corner. Of course the Motorcycle and Scooter riders age also showing their true colours with a fast start, and Bicycle Victoria is keeping pace - just a short sprint away from the top of the 2006/07 table. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are again leading the new donor charge, and may take out that prestigious prize again this year!
Keep up the good work everyone, some organisations are yet to register a donation so we look forward to seeing you and your workmates over the coming months.
Christmas & New Years Eve
Monday 11th December, 2006
BOGUS TALE OF BIKIE TERRORISTS DOES DAMAGE
A Crikey story on September 29, 2006, headed "OMCGs: the real, lurking Australian terrorist threat" did a lot of damage.
It damaged the credibility of people working for motorbike & scooter safety. It damaged the reputations of those who choose to ride rather than drive. One angry car driver in 100,000 is enough to get one of us killed. It damaged the average cop's reputation for fairness in enforcement and sound evidence. The OMCGs tale was clumsy propaganda.
It was written by "a serving police officer with covert investigative duties." A bit difficult to verify the author's claims. We are not told what force he/she works for. I doubt the Victoria Police PR unit will want to take credit for this penmanship. "The terrorist threat is very real and it lives just around the corner. It is that 'rough diamond', that annual participant in the charity Toy Run, that 'harmless' character who is sticking a needle in your child's arm
and supplying the truckie that wipes out your mate's family on the highway. Also, increasingly he is your accountant or lawyer."
It reminds me of similar slander in Readers Digest I think. The numbers and locations have been updated but this tale has done the rounds. The original supposedly came from the FBI in the USA during their war on drugs a decade or more ago. Regardless of who our covert cop is, if Crikey substituted the riders in his story for members of an ethnic or religious group there would be serious consequences.
In any community there are good and bad. The very good are a minority, so are the very bad. There's around a million Australians with bike licences so the "…around 3500 hard core…" bikies represents point 0035%! of our community. The vast majority of Australian riders are ordinary people, a cross section of society. Motorbike & scooter riders' greater involvement in community service than many groups is probably more because of the image imposed on them than because they are all sweethearts. There are more than 50 TOY RUNS across the country. TOY RUNS are manpower intensive. Most of them could not happen without motorcyclists and police working together. Police have an image problem too and the covert cop does none of us any favours.
The bloke who asked me to write this is Neale Brumby. He's clean cut, 49, a rider all his life. He publishes a Harley mag in Melbourne called Heavy Duty. He's happily married with four kids. No one in his family is into drugs. Brumby told me. "I have had the bad bikie crap all my life. I'd love to see someone from Crikey on stage at this year's Toy Run to tell 10,000 riders they are bikie
I'm 56. Got my first bike in 1967. Motorbikes have been my life ever since. I've organised 21 Melbourne Toy Runs for the Salvos and a similar number of Blood Challenges benefiting the Red Cross. Got an OAM for it. Hate needles. Don't do drugs. I have no criminal record. I'm a lobbyist; I write and do some consulting work, currently for Honda. I've been on numerous road safety committees.
Through my work I've had to mix with both police and traditional motorcycle club members. I've met some great people. Generally, both groups have treated me with respect. Some years ago I was on the Road Safety Reference Group at VicRoads. A police officer was leaving. After the meeting I wished him luck and asked him what his future held. He said loudly, in a room full of people, that he was going to the drug squad to deal with the other 51% of my mates.
But I don't blame all police for that officer's negative view of my world and I don't think we should be blamed for having a lifestyle that has a negative image imposed on it. Crikey's covert cop has damaged both the motorcycle community and police services with this anti-bikiepropaganda. Cops/police and bikies/riders are mostly good Australians and they don't deserve the covert cop's bogus tale.
Damien Codognotto OAM
MRA Life Member.
Ulysses Club 21208.
Saturday 9th December, 2006
Letter to the Editor.
The summer began with a tragic jump in road deaths and a frightening fire threat. The coming festive season will be heartbreaking for too many Victorians.
NUDE BIKERS TV AD!
Motorbike & scooter riders across Australia have been asked to contact their local MPs and their TV station program managers to get these community service announcements some air time. The NSW Motorcycle Council has done a brilliant job producing a driver awareness ad that will save lives.
Victoria has fallen behind in terms of two-wheel safety. With the summer holidays the road toll climbs. These CSAs will make drivers more aware of other road users and that makes them safer. Safer drivers benefit all road users, not just motorbike & scooter riders, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Damien Codognotto OAM
MRAA Life Member.
Ulysses Club 21208.
Mobile: 0419 846 855.
DRIVER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN LONG OVERDUE.
Brilliant driver awareness TV campaign. Talk about humanising bikies. I'm sending this video link to all Victorian Members of Parliament, members of the Victorian Motorcycle Council (VMAC) and my whole email list.
I'm asking everyone who reads this to look at the videos and pass the links on.Twenty five years ago Victoria led the way in motorbike & scooter safety. Today, with this campaign and the Motorcycle Awareness Week including the RIDE TO WORK DAY, the NSW Motorcycle Council has beaten anything we ever did.
The Victorian Government should hang its' head in shame as bike casualties in this State rise. Even with the TAC antibike tax Victoria hasn't even come close to this NSW motorbike & scooter safety initiative.
Since most bike casualties are caused by car driver error, I'm sure this campaign will reduce road trauma. And, increasing driver awareness of other road users makes ALL road users safer.
Great effort. Congratulations to all concerned.
OAMMRAA Life Member.
Ulysses Club 21208.
03 9846 8621.
From: "Guy Stanford" Sent: Friday, October 27, 2006 3:30 PM
Subject: Motorcycle Awareness Week
Heads UP !! Motorcycle Council of NSW is releasing a new video series on Motorcycle Awareness. Right now. It's a serious message in a fun package. For more detail on Motorcycle Awareness Week, see our website
With motorcycle sales bigger than ever (30% increase in last 12 months!), we are asking car drivers to look twice, especially at intersections.
These are typically severe impacts, amounting to over a third or nearly half of all motorcycle crashes. The adverts carry the tag line "What do we have to do to get noticed?" We have created a download site so you can distribute the link, rather than the entire video.
Enjoy! Distribute the link to non-riders !
MCC of NSW
Mobile: 0417 661 827.
MOTORCYCLE RALLY AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE.
Motorbike & scooter riders will assemble in front of Parliament House in Melbourne at 1 pm on Tuesday, October 3, 2006. MPs will address the assembly. Riders will be encouraged to contact their MP after the rally. The rally will last an hour.
Riders are angry at the Bracks Government's treatment of the motorcycle community.
Key issues are:
1. The Premier's broken promise to stop wire rope barriers on Victorian roads because they are dangerous. The true cost to the taxpayer of short-lived, imported wire rope barriers. The rising number of casualties at wire rope barrier sites.
2. Abolishing the TAC's $53.90 per bike, per year antibike tax and replacing it with a budget similar to the $7 million + a year for bicycle safety and facilities. When pollution, traffic congestion and productivity are serious issues this Government enforces a discriminatory tax instead of encouraging environmentally friendly vehicles. More than 280,000 Victorians are licenced to ride. Scooter sales are booming, up 64% on 2005.
3. Bike licence reform. a) Learner Approved Motorcycles as in SA and NSW. b) Lower licence age. c) Small, auto scooters on a car licence or permit as interstate and overseas.
4. Motorbikes & scooters to be included in the planning process. Bike numbers have been steadily increasing through the 1990s and are now risingdramatically but riders were removed from the State's transport strategy and planning systems.
Free, secure parking, particularly at public transport hubs & terminuses and in CBD dead space, is urgently required.
Candidate Bill Pemberton will speak for the Greens.Member for Benalla, Dr Bill Sykes, will speak for the Nationals. Member for Soth West Coast, Dr Denis Napthine, will speak for the Liberals. Premier Bracks was invited to speak for the Government or to delegate but he has not replied. Leader of the Opposition, Ted Baillieu, will attend with Shadow Transport Minister, Terry Mulder. Speakers for riders will be Russell Wattie (Mobile: 0418 573 006) from north east Victoria and Clive Larkman ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) from Melbourne's eastern suburbs.
The organiser is Damien Codognotto OAM.
Tel: 03 9846 8621. Mobile: 0419 846 855.
This isn't spam. It's about an unfair motorbike & scooter tax with a bitof humour. Not interested?
Delete now. If you want off my email list please say so. If you think this email campaignis important please get others to send an early Christmas message to the Premier too.
Since Premier Bracks does not seem to have a sense of humour where riders are concerned you can delete the attachment.
THE HERALD SUN CARS GUIDE THIS FRIDAY. On October 3, 2006, at 1 pm there will be a PROTEST RALLY at ParliamentHouse in Melbourne.
The Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks, has been invitedbut he hasn't replied. So he gets the message that the $54 TAC tax shouldbe abolished, and for those who can't make the rally, we are running an email campaign right up to the November 25 State election.
Below is a form email. Make any alterations you think are appropriate and send it to:email@example.com
Subject: AXE THE TAX BRAX.
Your unfair TAC tax on the motorbike & scootercommunity has failed its' road safety aims. Bike casualties rise while you grimly reap the tax and increase the restrictions.
You entirely removedmotorbikes & scooters from the Victorian Transport Strategy. You fail to fund the Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Council (VMAC).
Give VMAC the resources from general revenue and the authority it needs to reduce rider casualties statewide. Riders are legitimate, taxpaying road users whodeserve recognition and funding comparable to bicyclists ($7.2 millionplus each year). Motorbikes & scooters benefit everyone. They help solvepollution, congestion and productivity problems. 280,000 plus Victorianshold a licence to ride a motorcycle. That number is growing steadily.
We won't go away. We all vote.
If the discriminatory $53.90 TAC tax stays your Government will not get my vote at the November 25, 2006, election.
Name ........................... Post code ...................
Victorian Lower House MP, Victor Perton, tried to move an amendment to Victorian road law last night. The amendment makes road safety sense.
It exempts larger learner riders from the 260cc restriction on first year novi