Government exploring advanced braking systems in a bid to increase motorcycle safety

Media Release

PF018/2017

25 May 2017

Joint release with:

Darren Chester MP

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

The Australian Government has today begun consulting on options to improve the safety of motorcycle riders through the greater use of advanced braking systems.

The Advanced Motorcycle Braking Systems for Safer Riding early assessment Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) analyses options to improve safety for motorcycle riders by increasing the use of advanced braking systems.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said there was strong evidence that advanced braking systems were amongst the most effective options available to manufacturers for improving motorcycle safety.

“Motorcycling has a significant range of benefits, including recreation, ease of commuting in congested areas and low-costs, and most riders are very capable and safe users of our roads. However, if we can find ways to improve road safety—particularly for new and returning riders—that will pay dividends for all motorists,” Mr Chester said.

“With an increasing number of new and returning novice level motorcycle riders, it is timely for the government to look at the latest technology available and how it can help keep riders as safe as possible. In line with the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020 and following a discussion paper issued last year, the Australian Government has released an early assessment RIS to examine the options more closely.

“The RIS identifies advanced braking systems as the most effective countermeasure available. Advanced braking systems include anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and combined braking systems (CBS). Real-world research shows that these systems are up to 31 per cent effective at reducing trauma related crashes.”

Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said, in line with major overseas markets, the RIS identifies international standards for ABS and CBS that could be adopted through the Australian Design Rules.

“Over a 10 year period, this option would provide a net benefit to Australia of $1.62 billion and save 587 motorcyclist lives,” Mr Fletcher said.

“What this means for all Australians is reduced strain on our communities and emergency services, as well as a reduction in fatalities on our roads. In addition, harmonising with international standards will ensure that the safest vehicles are made available to Australians at the lowest cost.”

“Currently an Australian motorcycle rider or passenger is faced with around 20 times the fatality risk per kilometre to that of a car occupant.”

“Although motorcycles represent only 4 per cent of registered Australian vehicles and only 1 per cent of kilometres travelled, riders represent 18 per cent of all road deaths and 22 per cent of hospitalisations. This costs the community around $2 billion per year,” he said.

Consultation on the early assessment RIS is open for public comment for a six-week period.

Submissions should be emailed to standards@infrastructure.gov.au

For more information, visit: infrastructure.gov.au/roads/motor/design/adr_comment.aspx