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Crashed rider seeks secured load law

A Victorian rider who crashed his motorcycle in slippery debris dropped from the unsecured load in the back of a truck is seeking mandatory cargo nets and tarpaulins on all trucks and utes. Rodney Brown says he suffered multiple injures and wrote off his bike when he crashed on Riddells Creek Bridge after hitting a …

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Extend truck lane restriction

Extend truck lane restriction to other roads

Trucks will be restricted to the two left lanes of the Pacific Motorway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast from tomorrow (August 1, 2017) but it should extend to other highways around our nation. The move in Queensland has been initiated to prevent gridlock during the Commonwealth Games, after which it will be “evaluated”. In …

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Lower truck speed limit trialled on the Monash Freeway

Is truck speed limit trial doomed?

The trial of a 90km/h speed limit for trucks on a section of the Melbourne Monash Freeway starting today (August 25, 2016) could be doomed to failure. This official animation video shows no benefit in traffic flow and even shows cars and motorcycles undertaking and making dangerous manoeuvres around trucks spread across the four-lane freeway.   …

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Motorcycle crashes in truck tyre blowout

This video is a good reason to steer clear of trucks as a tyre blowout like this can be a major danger for vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists. The incident occurred early May 2016 on the Logan Motorway in Brisbane, but it could happen anywhere in Australia. Just look at the amount of truck …

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How riders can avoid truck blind spots

Many motorcycle riders are unaware of the extent of dangerous blind spots around a truck or other large vehicle but new legislation hopes to make them safer for riders. London has introduced legislation banning trucks (lorries) over 3.5 tonnes that do not have special extended mirrors that reduce blind spots and make the roads safer for vulnerable road users …

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How not to get run over by a truck!

The Goldwing World Facebook page published the photograph below warning about all the blind spots around a truck. Allegedly all the bikes in the photo are in blind spots. The photo is a timely reminder of the dangers of riding around trucks in traffic, but it both under-estimates and oversimplifies the issue. Not all trucks, …

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Motorcycles and trucks divided

Truck drivers and motorcycle riders seem to share a kinship of the open road. However, at the risk of upsetting truckies, there is a great divide between the two, not just in size, but in transport and road safety issues. While motorcycles can be the solution to many traffic problems, trucks are often the cause, …

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