|POLICY DIRECTIVES - With motorcyclists in mind|
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The F.R.E.E AUSTRALIA PARTY supports the need for many legislative changes to encourage increased usage of motorcycles, and to ensure rider safety and enjoyment to do so. Some changes we will be working toward are included below:
1. - parking allowed on the footpath and/or verges (like Victoria)
2. - double time limits for all motorcycles in all parks. (Encourage use of bikes over cars)
3. - allow multiple bikes in one car park space and use a reward system to encourage it to occur, i.e. the car park space becomes free if more than one bike uses it.
4. - proper consideration of road safety matters for motor cyclists i.e. removal of lethal, aptly named by the biker community, “cheese cutter” wire fencing that is being used along roadways.
5. – proper safety precautions bearing in mind motorcyclists implemented by road workers doing repairs to cracks or potholes on the road, i.e. mix sand newly laid bitumen with it so it isn't like ice when wet.
6. - permission for 50cc mopeds to use bicycle lanes and bus lanes. They are just motorised pushbikes to normal traffic and are legally limited to 50kph. It is unsafe to make them "blend" into the mainstream traffic travelling at 60, 70, or 80Kph
9. - Lower the registration fees for ALL bikes. Certainly, the third Party Insurance is over the top and used as compulsory revenue raising as it has no bearing on the actual cost payout factor. Like when does a motorcycle accident kill the truck driver? or [very rarely] car driver?
10. - look at ways to ENCOURAGE motorcycle/moped use. In this day and age of congestion and fuel prices, surely that is "responsible government". Adelaide is ideally suited for this form of commuter transport.
11. - provide tax relief on certified protective gear to encourage proper equipment, as opposed to the current heavy-handed approach of legislating mandatory use.
12. – review, or define clearly, the perennial "loud exhaust" issues so police cannot just make arbitrary untested decisions resulting in unnecessary costs for motorcyclists who then have to go through roadworthy testing stations only to be told that there exhausts were legal.
13. - Make an appeal process available. E.g. If the motorcyclist is wrong (i.e. too loud) then he/she pays, but if the police officer was wrong, the motorcyclists can claim back the costs.
14. - ease up on certain modification rules for bikes (like mirrors, etc). Who benefits from that safety issue?
15. - Allow stickers on helmets (currently illegal). SAPOL can stick their logos on theirs.
16. - allow dirt bikes roadside access in country areas (it is been banned if you do not know)
17. - provide/allow access for dirt bikes to state forests etc. (maybe seasonal so fire risk is minimised)
18. - allow defence of motorcycle issues on the grounds of SAFETY. In ALL cases. An example being when a motorcyclist is stuck behind a truck that continually drifts into the dirt? The motorcyclist has to do 120-130Kph to pass only to be fined for it!
The F.R.E.E AUSTRALIA PARTY will work towards changing the attitude to motorbikes, and their riders, within the legislation, by the non-motorbike riding public, and by the "authorities". The reality is that ALL motorbikes are more "green" than any common car can be. They reduce traffic congestion, ease up parking availability, and use less petrol resources, and are a perfect "single" mode of transport.
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