Let’s call on our state ministers and the national transport minister to end the confusion created by differing road rules across state borders. Sign our lane-filtering petition and get the attention of the law makers.
Australian motorcycle riders face further confusion after the NSW government last week introduce lane-filtering laws for riders. While we applaud this progressive move which will help all motorists by easing traffic congestion, it is another point of variance in state road rules.
Currently, a rider can be on a perfectly legal motorcycle in one state, wearing a helmet that is legal in their home state, but when they cross a border they risk being fined for offences of which they were not aware. While ignorance of the law is no excuse, there is an onus on the law makers to provide consistency. Instead, we have arcane laws in some states that police prey on to target unsuspecting motorists.
We have been a nation since Federation, yet states continue to jealousy guard their rights to make road rules. Why? The National Transport Commission is reviewing all road rules, but there is still no compunction on states to fall into line.
I’m under no illusion that this petition will change the minds of politicians. However, it is a starting point for a conversation with our politicians about the unnecessary confusion their rules are creating on our roads. The NSW lane-filtering law is a progressive step and we ask that other state transport ministers follow their lead. However, we also ask that they take it further and consider other rule variances.
And tell your friends who don’t ride to sign the petition, arguing that it is to their benefit as it will free up traffic congestion. It’s not about a win for motorcycle riders. It’s a win for all motorists.