Information bulletin from Tony Ellis.
For those who don’t know Tony, he is the Victorian Representative on the Ulysses Club Road Safety Committee. He is also on a number of other motorcycle and road safety committees, these are listed at the end of the bulletin. A busy bloke!
Victoria – On the safety front.
As the Victorian Representative on the Ulysses Club Road Safety Committee, this is a brief note to let people know what’s been happening around the State.
Yes – that’s right free training.
I can confirm that ‘Accident Screen Management Australia’ (ASMA) has managed to obtain funding from the TAC to train 100 Ulyssians free of charge in motorcycle specific first aid and accident scene management. We’re looking at Victorian Branches nominating about four members per branch.
This is available for all branches throughout Victoria. If your branch is interested please email Phil Lemin at ASMA firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Phil will be travelling to various places in regional Victoria to carry out the training.
I can thoroughly recommend this training. Both Perry Stephens and I have undertaken it and found it excellent. The late Ken Wootton was so impressed with the course that he proposed making it mandatory for all Australian Consolidated Press motorcycle road testers.
Motorcycles in Bus Lanes Trial
Following on from the Motorcycle Transport and Safety Strategy, VicRoads has been conducting reviews of both overall road space usage and of bus lane usage. As a result, the Hoddle Street bus lanes have been chosen for the first motorcycle trial. This trial will commence from late November.
Parliamentary Inquiry into Motorcycle Safety
The Ulysses Club submission is available at http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/rsc/motorcycle_safety/Submissions/44-67/60_UlyssesClub_13092011.pdf
Apart from the material in the submission itself, the primary aim of the submission was to bring attention to work already done in this area. Specifically to the Ulysses Club submission on the National Road Rules, the Motorcycle Safety Consultative Committee’s work on a National Graduated Licensing scheme and the recommendations from the 2008 Motorcycle Safety Summit.
Arising out of the Inquiry, Maurice Blackburn solicitors have thrown their support behind a SMIDSY campaign. As many riders know, SMIDSY stands for “Sorry Mate, I didn’t see you” – the usual comment by car drivers.
Maurice Blackburn have been very supportive of motorcyclists with this campaign, including holding sessions to provide significant advice for the major motorcycle groups who testified before the parliamentary inquiry.
They organised a meeting, for those of us who were to give evidence, which was chaired by the former head of the Law Society and former Victorian Government Solicitor - John Cain Jr. This meeting was designed to make sure all of us were basically in accord and coordinated for our presentations (and made sure that we knew what to expect and how to deal with the committee).
Tell your story on www.facebook.com/stopsmidsy by posting your SMIDSY related videos, stories, pictures, evidence of injuries and vehicle damage and support the campaign to educate the authorities on the dangers of SMIDSY .
As not everyone is on Facebook there is an email account to collect stories as well email@example.com.
While not specifically Road Safety orientated, I have had several inquiries about the possibility of Ulysses Club providing club registration for classic bikes. After some discussion with various people, I will follow this up at the next VicRoads Motorcycle Advisory Group meeting, to find out the requirements from their point of view.
From the Ulysses Club point of view it will need someone with the dedication and interest to look after and maintain the register. I’ll report back on what is required and if it is possible. If it is, then we will need someone with enthusiasm and time to take on this demanding role.
Ulysses Club Road Safety Committee - UCRSC
The next UCRSC meeting will be on the weekend of 26th of November. If there are any specific issues you would like raised, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Ellis #55305
Member - Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Group
Executive Member - Australian Motorcycle Council
Road Safety and Research Officer - Motorcycle Riders Association (Victoria)
Member - Ulysses Club Road Safety Committee #55305
Member - Australian Government Motorcycle Safety Consultative Committee