Sep 9, 2009

The good word on motorcycle safety

The good word on motorcycle safety

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 9 2009

Efforts to prevent serious injury and death amongst motorcyclists and scooter riders have taken centre stage at Federal Parliament.

Today I was joined by motorcycle enthusiasts from across the political spectrum as well as the National Press Gallery – Bradfield MP, Dr Brendan Nelson, Werriwa MP, Chris Hayes, and the Daily Telegraph’s Malcolm Farr – to officially launch the Good Gear Guide for Motorcycle and Scooter Riders.

The publication – an Australian first – provides riders with practical information about the safety gear they should be wearing every time they take to the road, setting out what to look for when shopping, the benefits of protective clothing and the injury risks posed to different parts of a rider’s body.

Every year more than 12,000 riders are hospitalised with serious injuries from both on- and off-road accidents. Many of these injuries could have been prevented or reduced in severity if riders had been wearing the appropriate gear.

Our message to riders is a simple one: No matter what you ride – from scooter to superbike – good gear is an investment too important to ignore. It can make the difference between a nasty tumble and something far more serious.

I urge all motorcyclists and scooter riders, especially new riders, to read the Guide and gear up every time they ride.

A copy of the Good Gear Guide for Motorcycle and Scooter Riders can be downloaded from: www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/safety.