“So far we have not received a reply except that they are looking into it,” he says.
“Our suggestion was actually a pressure pad at the front of the lane which would be triggered by a motorcycle.
“As the weight of a motorcycle is less than a vehicle, it would need to be a bespoke item.”
Report traffic light problems
RACQ safety and technical manager Steve Spalding says they have also raised the issue of motorcycles not triggering traffic lights with Transport and Main Roads “a couple of times”.
TMR advises riders who find faulty traffic lights or those that don’t respond to call them on 131940, or via the on-line portal.
They can also contact the relevant TMR District Office directly as it may be possible to adjust the sensitivity of the detection loop sensitivity.
In other states, advise your relevant road authority who will be able to increase the sensitivity to detect smaller vehicles.
However, Steve says there is only so far they can adjust them otherwise they can pick up traffic passing in an adjacent lane.
Steve also advises riders to correctly position their motorcycle over the left or right cut lines in the road where the loop sensors are placed.
“Don’t stop in between them,” he says.
“You can also try moving forward to allow a car to position over them if they won’t trigger.
“From a safety perspective I’d suggest a rider not stop over the cut line closest to the adjacent through-lane but position themselves over one of the other lines (there are usually three running parallel to the lane).
“This gives them a bit more of a safe space if a passing car runs too close, or drifts into, the turning lane where they are sitting waiting for a turn light.”