My submission to the National Transport Commission

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Brian Watson, Dec 14, 2005.

  1. Brian Watson

    Brian Watson Guest

    I know it's not pretty and may even be factually wrong, but here is what
    I submitted to the NTC regarding their proposed lane splitting rule
    change. I figure it was no trouble to do and has to "weigh" more than
    an online petition entry.

    As a user of both motorcycles and bicycles on our roads I am writing to
    express my concern about proposed change "4.34 Riding a motor bike
    alongside a vehicle – New rule 151A.". I admit that I am not an expert
    on every detail of the Australian Road Rules so I will keep my
    "submission" brief so that I do not waste your time if I am missing the

    Amendment 4.34 proposes to make it clear that a motorcycle should not
    overtake a car in the same lane. The intent being to reduce the risk to
    the motorcyclist. My understanding of the other road rules is that it
    is quite legal for a car to overtake a bicycle in the same lane.

    My submission is that: changing one rule to make it more difficult for a
    motorcyclist to harm themselves by overtaking a car in the same lane
    seems out of place when there is no corresponding rule to prevent harm
    being caused to a bicyclist by a car overtaking them in the same lane.

    Please note that I am not asking for the introduction of a rule to
    prevent overtaking bicycles in the same lane but rather that there is no
    reasonable grounds for introducing a rule preventing motorcycles from
    overtaking cars in the same lane.

    Brian Watson
    Brian Watson, Dec 14, 2005
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    john doe Guest

    how many people are injured lanesplitting every year? is it an
    empidemic? is our society on the brink of a crisis? is there a crisis
    looming? are terrorists lane splitting? don't current road rules cover
    "dangerous" lane splitting?
    john doe, Dec 15, 2005
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