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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...

Key Issues & Positions

The following are discussion papers to highlight issues of concern for motorcyclists. These reflect the views which have been expressed by member clubs and are living documents which form the basis for discussion and possible action.

In many cases, further arguments, both pro and con, will be aired in relation to the various topics. Member clubs vote at MCC meetings to support various aspects of these and arrive at a "position" which the MCC will adopt.

  • Historic Plates Optional Scheme

    Historic Plate New Scheme For those in Historic Motorcycle Clubs, there is now an additional scheme, announced on September 4th 2015 by the Roads Minister Duncan Gay. RMS Press Release HERE First,...

  • CTP (Greenslips)

    While motorcyclists in NSW have good reason to complain about the high price of greenslips (CTP), the Motor Accidents Authority have pointed out that many riders are paying more than they need to...

  • Transport Planning

    Motorcycles have the advantage of reducing congestion and pollution, yet they continue to be ignored in transport plans. Exclusion from Planning has lead to a number of "symptoms" in NSW....

  • Tolls

    Motorcycle toll charge needs to be adjusted to one-quarter the rate of cars. Motorcycle riders are prepared to pay THE CORRECT RATE OF TOLL Because cars are smaller and lighter than trucks they are charged less to use motorways. Motorcycles are smaller and lighter than cars yet they pay the same toll as cars. Motorcycles were forgotten in Transport plans for Private toll roads. WHY should motorcycle riders pay for this failure in transport planning by successive State Governments?

  • E-Tags

    Tollways and tunnels are now cashless. E-tags are not designed for use on motorcycles. Attempts to design a safe motorcycle e-tag have failed. Until an appropriate e-tag is available, motorcycles...

  • Parking

    Equity in provision for parking of motorcycles is generally lacking. Motorcycles can make a positive contribution to transport, yet do not rate a mention in State or Federal transport plans. Both...

  • Motorcycle Safety

    Motorcycle Safety The last and only Staysafe Inquiry into motorcycle safety was in 1986. Much has changed since then. There were no funds for motorcycle safety at all back then and little has...

  • Helmet Road Rules

    helmets, helmet road rules, rules, NSW stickers labels regulatory protection

  • A Pillars

    Concern has been expressed, particularly in the UK, that the front window pillars (A Pillars) in modern cars are becoming wider and as a result the possibility of a motorcyclist being obscured by...

  • Road Maintenance & Design

    The key issues identified for road environment safety are: Road fixtures and furniture may create crash and injury risks for motorcyclists. Maintenance and upgrading practices may create crash and...

  • Green Page

    Motorcycles are Environmentally Friendly Motorcycles and Scooters Fuel efficient Cheap to operate, even large motorcycles only use half of a car’s fuel Now meet Euro 3 environmental exhaust emission...

  • Road Rules

    The Australian Road Rules were introduced in 1999 to replace various different State road rules with a single uniform set for all of Australia. A great idea, but in practice it has problems....

  • Front Numberplates

    Front Numberplates Discussion Paper It has been proposed that adding front numberplates to motorcycles will reduce motorcyle fatalities. We find a lack of plausibility in this proposition. We cannot...

  • Cornering

    Single vehicle crashes accounted for 39% of all motorcycle crashes in NSW and 39% of all fatal motorcycle crashes. This is a higher rate of single vehicle crashes compared to 23% of car crashes....

  • Crash Barriers

    Position Statement – Crash Barriers There are no crash barriers that can be considered ‘motorcycle friendly’. In the event of a motorcyclist impacting with a crash barrier the likelihood is that they ...

  • Daytime Running Lights

    Position Statement – Daytime Running Lights It is currently being proposed that the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) be changed so all new cars are fitted with Daytime Running Lights. Priority:- Medium ...

  • Frontal Identification

    Position Statement – Frontal Identification In some States it has been proposed that motorcycles be fitted with some form of Frontal Identification, namely numberplates or decals. However, this...

  • Protective Clothing

    Position Statement – Protective ClothingResearch has shown that in a crash protective clothing is able to reduce the severity of injuries. However, there is no guarantee that what is sold as...

  • Rider Training

    Position Statement – Rider Training Rider training and education is an important part of any comprehensive motorcycle safety strategy. Training should not be considered only for novice riders but...

  • Road Design & Maintenance

    Position Statement – Road Design & Maintenance The methods used to repair the road surface affect motorcycle control and stability. The design of where roadside objects are placed has a major...

  • Road Safety

    Position Statement – Road Safety Road Safety is an issue of great concern to motorcyclists, but unlike bicyclists and pedestrians, who are vulnerable road users, our specific needs as road users are...

  • Theft

    Reducing Motorcycle TheftSource: National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council Inc. Statistical Summary of Motorcycle Theft The dynamics of motorcycle theft are quite distinct from the theft of...