Case Study 4.3: Motorcycle and Scooter Safety Summit: The Road Ahead
On 10-11 April 2008 the Department convened a Motorcycle and Scooter Safety Summit to encourage stakeholders to contribute ideas to improve road safety. The Summit was opened by Mr Jason Clare MP, Member for Blaxland, on behalf of the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.
The Summit was organised in cooperation with the Motorcycle Safety Consultative Committee (MSCC), a national forum for consultation between the Australian Government and other stakeholders in motorcycle rider safety.
The Summit was jointly funded by the Department and the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, with the ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services also contributing. Participation was by invitation, and over one hundred delegates nominated by the MSCC attended. Delegates represented a broad range of government, industry, research and rider organisations.
The Summit included a series of presentations from international and Australian speakers on key issues, and a series of workshop discussions. It aimed to address concerns about the rising levels of death and injury among motorcycle riders, and to develop recommended actions that could be considered by transport ministers for inclusion in a new 10-year national road safety strategy.
The popularity of motorcycling is increasing. Motorcycle and scooter sales have increased dramatically in recent years, and are expected to continue to grow. Despite this growth in popularity, motorcycles make up less than 1 per cent of traffic on Australia's roads, yet they account for 15 per cent of road deaths and an even higher proportion of road-related serious injuries.
International speakers at the Summit presented updates on international efforts to improve motorcycle safety through education, vehicle safety and traffic engineering measures, and motorcycle safety strategies. Australian speakers presented on issues that included protective clothing, training and licensing, public education, risk taking, road infrastructure and enforcement.
Departmental staff attending the Motorcycle and Scooter Safety Summit (Photo DITRDLG)