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How to prevent motorcycle crashes and what to do if you do crash

(Contributed post) Although the Australian motorcycle market fell by 6.1% in 2019, motorcycles are still one of the most popular means of transport in the country, with more than a million operating on Australian roads today. If you have been considering investing in a motorcycle, it’s pretty clear why you’d want one; motorcycles are cheap, fun, and if …

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Are tougher vehicle theft penalties working?

Tougher jail penalties of 14 years for anyone involved in motor vehicle theft or rebirthing in NSW have resulted in lower thefts, a new review of the 2006 laws has found. In February 2019, the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council engaged law firm Clayton Utz to perform the law review. It found that the NSW …

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Tougher vehicle theft penalties assessed

As motorcycle theft continues to be the one area of vehicle theft to rise, a tougher penalty system for offenders is being assessed. Australian motor vehicle theft is down 4% in the year to October 2018, with the only sector increasing being motorcycles, up 4%. The biggest increase was in NSW which was up 258 …

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Road Safety Survival Tips for Bikers

(Contributed post for our American readers) Riding a motorcycle on your way to work, school or wherever is a good way to beat the heavy traffic and enjoy the glory of summer air. Because the vehicle is a lot smaller than others, it can be manoeuvred between cars or trucks while staying safe. This allows …

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Tassie ‘bikie’ law to outlaw clothing and jewellery

Tasmania is planning to follow other states with consorting laws that specify motorcycle clubs as outlaw organisations and their clothing, badges, patches and jewellery as illegal. The Liberal Government’s Police Offences Amendment (Prohibited Insignia) Bill being debated in Parliament today (20 September 2018) would ban outlaw motorcycle gang “colours”. It is a similar ban to …

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Do we need lemon laws for motorcycles?

Australia is considering stronger consumer laws covering seriously defective vehicles that could go as far as US Lemon Laws but may not include motorcycles. Lemon Laws are consumer protection laws that provide a satisfactory repair, full refund or replacement product for a major consumer expense item such as a car, SUV or motorcycle deemed to repeatedly fail …

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Aftermarket exhaust not illegal, Barrister

A Brisbane Barrister has reviewed the laws on aftermarket exhausts and determined that police and authorities do not have the expertise or objectivity to sustain a conviction for the alleged offence. Levente Jurth, who rides an Aprilia Tuono 1100, says he researched the matter because fellow riders have been fined by Queensland Police for having a …

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Leather vests attract cops under anti-bikie laws

Riders wearing leather vests (like those pictured) can expect to be pulled over and questioned under the world’s toughest anti-bikie laws. Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland president Cris Mearns says that on the same day the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill became an Act of Queensland Parliament, his organisation received two complaints from innocent, law-abiding …

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Ad supports lane filtering

The mercury was bubbling at the old century mark and we were riding big faired Touring Harleys in stop-go traffic on the “freeways” around Chicago. We were almost expiring from the heat as we waited in the long, stationary queues of traffic, so I asked our American guide if it was legal to filter or …

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