This is despite the report acknowledging that motorcycle crash rates have decreased as a proportion of the number of riders. (In NSW and Victoria alone, rider numbers have increased as much as 74% in a decade.)
The uni report also suggests:
Licence refresher courses for older and returned riders;
Promote high-visibility motorcycle clothing and research into its effects;
Increase motorcycle visibility technology such as modulating headlights;
Support national standards for motorcycle protective clothing;
Reduced speed limits in high-speed zones, rural areas and intersection;
Increase speed limit enforcement;
Increase rider licensing requirements;
Promote technologies to mitigate multi-vehicle crashes;
Improve the quality of rural roads;
Evaluate roads for their specific motorcycle safety; and
Reconsider the learner-approved motorcycle scheme (LAMS) to also consider bike type, not just power-to-weight ratio.
While some of the recommendations have merit, there is a fear among riders that authorities will twist words such as “promote” and “support” into “mandatory”.
This could lead to mandatory high visibility clothing, mandatory protective clothing minimums and mandatory technology such as emergency braking, traction control and crash sensors.