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  • July Guest Speakers: Rule of Law

    Nick Clark and Jackie Charles are our Guest Speakers for the night. They represent the Rule of Law Insitutute, and will provide a spin-free presentation on the NSW Anti-Association Laws and VLAD.

  • June Guest Speaker: Sen. Leyonhjelm

    Senator David Leyonhjelm will be the guest speaker at our General meeting on 6 June to speak to us about his efforts with respect to motorcycling. Meeting starts at 7.30pm in the Phoenix Room of the...

  • New Meeting Format

    We’re changing the format of our General meetings to include regular guest speakers. All motorcyclists are welcome to attend the MCC's monthly general meetings. Topics for the next 3 months are:-...

  • New Helmet Laws

    On 11th December 2015 the use of helmets meeting International Helmet standard UN ECE 22.05 became legal for use in NSW. For more information click here

  • Cameras on Helmets

    The use of cameras on motorcycle helmets is now legal in the ACT. www.legislation.act.gov.au Also see this article by the BBC about testing helmets (including ECE22.05 motorcycle helmets) with...

  • Increased Penalties for Phone Use While Driving

    Starting during this year’s Christmas holiday, mobile phone offences will be added to double demerit periods. Also, an additional demerit point will be added to the existing standard penalty of three ...

  • New Historic Registration Rules

    On 4th September 2015 Duncan Gay, the Minister for Roads announced a new additional Historic Registration scheme to run along side the existing scheme. For more information click here

  • Putty Road Emergency Phone Locations

    The MCC has put together a pamphlet outlining the location of Emergency Phones along the Putty Road For more information click here

  • Lane Filtering legalised

    On 1st July 2014, lane filtering was legalised in NSW. The MCC of NSW has fought for this legalisation for many years. For more details click here

  • Bikers A-Z Survival Bible

    Steve Lambert has written ‘Bikers A-Z Survival Bible’ which covers great advice such as: animal awareness, braking techniques, cheat sheet, don’t follow too close and much more. See HERE for more...

  • Bylong Valley Way Improvements

    As a result of a cluster of motorcycle crashes in a short section of Bylong Valley Way, NSW Roads and Maritime Services (formerly RTA) and Mid Western Regional Council are completing improvements to the road using Federal Blackspot Funding. For more details see the files below.

  • About M.A.R.I.

    A brief history of M.A.R.I.

  • Motorcycles help keep you young: software expert

    Riding motorcycles helps keep drivers young by invigorating their brains, the scientist behind popular "Brain Training" computer software said, citing a new scientific study.

  • GIO CTP "Pillion Passenger: No" Clarification

    The Motor Accidents Authority has responded to the MCC's request for clarification on the legality of GIO's CTP policies with "Pillion Passenger: No" line item.

  • MAIDS

    The Motorcycle Accident In-Depth Study (MAIDS) is a study using the internationally agreed Case Control methodology for in-depth motorcycle crash investigations. This means that for every crashed...

Registration Charges

Registration charges for vehicles take account of weight factors for vehicles because of road wear costs associated with heavier vehicles. Registration charges for vehicles under 4.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) are referred to as “light vehicles” and pay in accordance with RTA charges. Vehicles over 4.5 tonnes GVM are referred to as “heavy vehicles” and dealt with under National registration charges.

See the RTA website for details

of registration charges

Inspecting these figures, we note that the “base charge” for lightweight cars under 975kg is currently $187 and a motorcycle is charged $87. This would indicate that the maximum envisaged weight for a motorcycle is 453kg.
This would be a very heavy motorcycle.
Most are under half that weight, although many are about three quarters of that weight when fully laden with pillion and holiday baggage. Few indeed would ever achieve this figure.

Motorcycles are “single track” vehicles and are not confined to utilize only the left and right hand wheel tracks in a narrow lane, so they distribute wear fairly evenly across the road surface. Road wear calculations for multi axle vehicles includes “tyre slip” induced pavement wear associated with turning, as well as gross weight. See the RTA Road Design Guide.

National heavy vehicle charges reflect the effort to recover the road expenditure associated with heavy vehicles.
Information Bulletin April 1998, National Heavy Vehicle Registration Charges:-
“This expenditure is recovered on the basis of the road wear costs caused by different classes of heavy vehicles, using average distance and mass for each class.”