Glen Elmes asks Noosa residents to have their say on motorcycle road rule changes 

Noosa road users can now have their say on possible road rule changes to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety for motorcycle riders.

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, said the Motorcycle Discussion Paper will be live on the “Get Involved” website for six weeks until 3 July 2014 as part of the Queensland Government’s promise to revitalize front line services.

“I encourage all Noosa road users to give their feedback about potential road rule changes,” Mr Elmes said.

“Easing congestion on our roads and making it easier for motorcyclists to ride are the main purposes behind a new discussion paper for Queenslanders to have their say on.

“We want to ensure that our legislation reflects the reality of how motorcycle riders actually use our roads.

“There are three main points of discussion as part of the paper including lane filtering, rules on how a rider sits on a bike rules and helmet standards.

“Lane filtering is when riders move at low speeds between vehicles that are stopped or moving slowly and is already practiced by some motorcycle riders.

“The rules around this practice are not clear, however, and, if it is done safely, it could help to ease traffic congestion for all road users.”

Mr Elmes said other proposed changes include broadening the rules and reducing red tape.

“Currently the legislation dictates where riders must have their hands and feet and how they must sit,” Mr Elmes said.

“While the intention of the rule is to prevent reckless and dangerous behaviour, it doesn’t take into account the everyday practicalities of riding a motorcycle.

“By broadening the rules, it will mean a rider can remove their feet to reverse park or take their hands off the handle to adjust their visor and not be in breach of the law.

“Under the proposed changes any helmet approved under international standards that meets the same protection as Australian standards will be allowed,” Mr Elmes said.

All road users are encouraged to have their say on these changes by filling out the online survey at: www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au