No apologies for trying to keep road users safe

I AM writing in regard to concerns about the Transport Accident Commission re-screening its motorcycle safety campaign, The Ride.

The campaign was developed in 2009 and encourages motorcyclists to reduce their risk of road trauma by wearing appropriate protective clothing and riding within the speed limit and for the conditions.

We understand that some riders are concerned that screening The Ride does not accord with the wishes of the Parliamentary Road Safety Committee's Inquiry into Motorcycle Safety.

One of the recommendations is to consult with motorcycle groups in the development of new campaigns. The TAC has started this consultation process by meeting with key motorcycling representatives as part of its 2013/ 2014 business planning process.

However, until new campaigns are developed, the TAC has a responsibility to keep all road users safe on our roads and will be airing existing campaigns.

Our latest claims data shows that in the last financial year 958 motorcyclists spent at least a night in hospital after a crash (16 per cent of total injuries for Victorian road users).

Of those, 169 spent more than two weeks in hospital, indicating a serious injury. We know that summer is a popular time for riders to hit the roads so it is an important time to be communicating to all road users about rider safety.

We make no apologies for trying to keep all road users safe.

JANET DORE

CEO Transport Accident Commission

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