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No safety in numbers for speeding riders

Riders who believe there is safety in numbers may be in for a shock when the whole group is pulled over by police and fined for speeding. The issue was brought to our attention when three of a group of four Brisbane riders were recently pulled over and fined for speeding. One of the riders …

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Can I transfer a number plate to a motorbike?

(Contributed post for our UK readers) Whether you want to transfer your private number plate from car to car, motorbike to another motorbike or in-between the two, all of these options are possible and the same rules apply for each. As long as the vehicle is subject to an annual test there are no restrictions …

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Phone, camera, GPS and bike could incriminate you

If you’ve crashed or been stopped by police who suspect you’ve been doing something illegal, your action camera, phone, GPS and bike could help incriminate you. Each of these items can contain the evidence police and the courts need to convict you for a traffic or criminal offence. Phones are the most likely to be …

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MBW helping riders seeking justice

The three most popular articles this year have been about riders successfully obtaining justice either in beating incorrect fines or, in once case, getting a driver fined for road rage. In all cases we are happy to say that Motorbike Writer has played a role. Lane filter justice The most popular article was the end result …

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Riders warned on number plate scam

Police confirm that a number plate scam has landed some motorists with fines for speeding offences they did commit and unpaid toll notices they did not accrue. They believe the offenders are using vehicle sales websites to find a vehicle matching the model of their owned or stolen vehicle. Offenders then create a duplicate number …

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Novelty helmet doubt

VicPol throws doubt on novelty helmet covers

Several days after saying novelty helmet covers were legal, VicPol has thrown doubt on the issue saying it had to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. At first they simply replied: “It is not illegal to put a hat over the helmet”. Five days later VicPol updated their comment saying it is “not possible to …

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Rider challenges helmet sticker fine withdrawn

Motorcycle helmet sticker fine withdrawn

Victorian Police have withdrawn a fine against a rider for not having an external compliance sticker on his Australian-approved motorcycle helmet. But don’t get too excited just yet that VicPol has seen the light and understands the rules which say a helmet only needs an internal label. Rider Alasdair “Ted” Cameron challenged the $371 fine and …

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Legal lesson for wearing appropriate rider gear

Riders injured in a crash that was not their fault may still have to accept some of the blame if they are not wearing enough protective clothing. The legal term is “contributory negligence” and it can result in a reduced payout for riders, even if they are not at fault. Motorcycle crash experts Maurice Blackburn …

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