The Hon. Terry Mulder MP  Minister of Transport,Victoria: STOP the threat of Hi-ViS clothing for motorbikes made compulsory.
  • Petitioned The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

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Federal Minister of Infrastructure & Transport
The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
The Hon. Terry Mulder MP Minister of Transport,Victoria
State Government of Victoria
Victorian Road Safety Committee Chair
Mr Murray Thompson, MP
Premier of Victoria
The Hon. Ted Baillieu, MP
N.S.W Member of the Legislative Assembly Member for Willoughby Minister for Transport
The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, MP

The Hon. Terry Mulder MP Minister of Transport,Victoria: STOP the threat of Hi-ViS clothing for motorbikes made compulsory.

    1. Angus Constable-Townsend
    2. Petition by

      Angus Constable-Townsend

      Brisbane, Australia

There is no documented evidence proving fluorescent vests/jackets improve motorbike rider safety,which is a push from Sgt Gore Victoria Police. 

http://www.news.com.au/national/bikers-blue-over-push-to-wear-fluoro-jackets/story-fncynjr2-1226451721963

Here is a Sept 2011 submission by Victoria Police to the Victorian Govt.Page 12/13 on clothing, Victorian Police Report 7th Sept 2011 Recommendation 2:The minimum wearing of five high visability protective clothing items such as helmet,jacket,pants,gloves & boots manufactured to Australian safety standard madatory for all motorcycle riders & pillions.

http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/rsc/motorcycle_safety/Submissions/44-67/52_VictoriaPolice_08092011.pdf

Wearing Hi-Vis should be a personal choice, so please click 'n read the 30 year old case study below & decide for yourself:

http://roadarbloggers.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/the-pros-and-cons-of-conspicuity-aids/

Hi-vis head to foot gear doesn't make you more visable or safe even with flashing lights & a siren!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGQFLD6kIhU    With the push for hi visibility motorcycle gear,I found this video disturbing.It show's that even with the brightest fluro motorbike clothing,flashing lights on a Police motorbike you're invisable.Fortunately this rider was lucky to survive the incident. We need to position ourselves better in traffic to avoid problems.I support protective clothing combined with the improved training of all riders & car drivers.

Remember a large % of car drivers do not see motorbikes or scooters in traffic regardless of what they wear,they only see a gap between the cars,hence the expressions Motorcyclist: 'But I saw them look straight at me' Car driver: 'Sorry mate I didn't see you' .....................................TOO late then isn't it? 

SMIDSY  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5rTIODzzC8                                   

Over the period 1998-2008 the number of motorcycle/scooter registrations in Australia increased by 5.1% per year, yet our accident rate was kept down to 3.1% per year for the same period.14 years ago (1998) there were 300,000 motorbike riders, by 2008 (MRA figures) over 500,000 with a 60% fatality  reduction in 10 years. The rider volume continues to grow in 2012 with massive increases in motorbike & scooter registrations 709,288 on the 2012 census; the annual growth now is 7.0% with over 1.3 million licensed to ride on Australian roads ………We motorcyclists have statistically improved our safety,riders are reducing traffic congestion & fuel wastage,yet we're continually tabled as a problem!

We need to STOP this & give ourselves freedom of choice based on our own decisions.We vote Australia wide,we do have a voice,time we spoke louder! 

Regards, Angus Constable-Townsend

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    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
    2. Hi-Vis Protest Melbourne TODAY 29th October

      Angus Constable-Townsend
      Petition Organizer

      A major motorcycle protest will take place in Melbourne on Monday, October 29 -- TODAY-- after the AirAsia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
      The protest will seek to unite Australian motorcyclists against a number of motorcycle 'safety' proposals, including:
      The fluoro vest law proposed by Victoria Police;
      The compulsory boots, pants, jacket and gloves law proposed by Victoria Police;
      The return of front number plates (and/or stickers or tags) proposed by several officials and Victoria Police; and
      The anti-association laws proposed by the Victorian Attorney General.”
      The protest will be held in A’Beckett Street in the heart of Melbourne’s Elizabeth Street motorcycle precinct from noon, with speeches to be held between 12.30pm and 1.00pm before a mass ride through the city past the Victorian Parliament. A number of rides into the city will take place from various meeting points on the city’s outskirts.
      Regards, Angus Constable-Townsend

    3. Reached 8,000 signatures
    4. Thankyou!

      Angus Constable-Townsend
      Petition Organizer

      I want to thank you all for your participation to stop this push in Victoria for hi-vis clothing.Australia has hundreds of thousands of powered two wheeled transport in Australia & we would all like to see 100,000's signatures to block this nonsense!
      Thankyou,Angus

    5. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Tim Mathie KANGARILLA, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      This law imposes on my right and freedom to wear what ever clothing i want.

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    • Gavin Jones GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Let those who ride decide..

      Show us the facts, and make it optional not compulsory.

      This would appear to be directed against bike clubs from wearing their colors

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    • Anne Townsend OAKLEIGH, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Make drivers take more care, not keep making riders responsible for problems they don't cause. Fine drivers heavily instead. Bureaucrats need to accept that it's "law of the jungle" on our roads. Better to mandate for loud pipes. That would be more effective, if more annoying. No, I didn't think you would. Protect us, don't penalise us - punish offenders not victims.

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    • Andrew Knight AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Freedom of choice and dollars already invested in protective clothing that may not comply

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    • Kylee Gibson AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Being the daughter and granddaughter of motorcycle riders, and a "newbie" to riding motorcycles (less than 12 months) I can understand the governments push for hi vis clothing, but at the same time, it's a bit ridiculous to ask everyone to wear high vis clothing -- especially in summer! Smarten up, crazy pollies!

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