Anti-bikie laws ‘hamper police’

Queensland police are in jeopardy of losing the support and goodwill of motorcycle riders over pressure to enact new powers under the so-called “world’s toughest anti-bikie laws”. Under the laws, innocent recreational riders have been harassed by police and mistakenly intercepted. While tabling in Parliament an anti-bikie laws petition started on this website, Shadow Minister …

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Bikers reject ride register

Bikers are dead against registering their ride with Queensland Police, yet clubs are registering rides. A MotorbikeWriter poll attracting 663 respondents has found 615 or 93% said they would not register their ride. The voluntary register process was proposed last month by Police Commissioner Ian Stewart at a meeting with recreational riders concerned about becoming …

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Should you register your ride?

The Queensland Police have set up a register for recreational rides. It was suggested by Police Commissioner Ian Stewart at a meeting with rider groups last month as a way for innocent recreational rider groups to avoid unwanted and misdirected attention of police searching for “vicious lawless associates” to disestablish under the new anti-bikie laws, …

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Ride to discuss anti-bikie laws

Riders keen to talk about the anti-bikie laws and how they affect recreational rides are invited to do what we love doing the most – ride! Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland members will attend the second annual Freedom Ride this Saturday (November 23) at which the issues surrounding the recent introduction of multiple new state …

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Charity bike ride may confuse police

Police may be confused by a Gold Cast charity ride next weekend (November 24). The Rebel FM Can Do In-Law Motorbike Ride for Movember sounds dangerously like an outlaw ride since it includes the name of a declared outlaw motorcycle club. But instead of outlaws, the FM station is asking riders to bring an in-law …

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No apology over police harassment

Premier Campbell Newman has not apologised over police harassment of a group of riders on their way to the funeral of a 70-year-old woman who died of cancer. (Read the story.) Instead of apologising for that and police video taping the motorcycle cortege, he has gone on the attack, claiming that the Townsville police were …

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Anti-bikie laws: tip of iceberg

If you think it is ridiculous that riding in groups of three or more will attract the attention of the Queensland police under the world’s toughest anti-bikie laws, then think again. This is just the tip of a weird and discriminatory motorcycling world. Did you know that while it is not illegal to have sex …

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More motorcycles is safer!

A London road safety conference has found motorists would be safer if more people rode motorcycles. The conference is titled: ‘More motorcycles could reduce casualties’ and is based on the 2008 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report which recommended reducing casualties significantly by including motorcycles in mainstream transport policy. WHAT TO DO IF PULLED …

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Rider pulled over by police licence checks

What to do if pulled over by police

Riders intercepted by police have been advised to record the conversation, no matter where they are. But it is crucial in Queensland where police now have greater powers to detain and search under the world’s toughest bikie laws. Accredited criminal law specialist Kurt Fowler of Fowler Lawyers says an amendment to the Queensland Police Powers …

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