Victoria – On the safety front.

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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!

One of the items Tony is telling us about is the free motorcycle related first aid course.  I encourage all Victorian Branches to chose four members, probably committee members, to do the course.  As Tony reports; both he and I did the first level course and found it to be very good.  Tony went on to do the second level and was very positive about that as well.
Have a look at the website  www.asma.org.au
 
Any questions? Don’t hesitate to give Tony a tingle, his number is on the attachment.
 
Our Ulysses Club Road Safety Committee is doing some great work.

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.

 

FREE TRAINING

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 phil.l@asma.org.au 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.

SMIDSY Campaign

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 stopsmidsy@mauriceblackburn.com.au.

Classic Registration

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 ellis.tony@gmail.com

 

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

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SMIDSY Campaign Meeting Sat 11 February 2012 Port Melbourne

 

In furtherance of the above safety issue 

A representative from Maurice Blackburn will be coming to meet with us at Port Melbourne on Saturday 11 February 2012 to discuss this issue and also get members' stories as part of the submissions they put to TAC to enhance safety for motorcyclists.     

"SMIDSY Campaign

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." 

 

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