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    A trial in New South Wales found lane filtering could help ease traffic congestion

    Come early next year you will be able to filter through lanes without the fear of flashing police lights.

    Following consultation with riders, motorists and road safety groups, the government has decided to make changes to the laws which surround motorcycle riding in Queensland.

    From about February next year, or as soon as the Governor-in-Council signs off on the changes, motorcyclists will be able to move around stationary or slow moving vehicles, as long as they are travelling less than 30 kilometres an hour.

    The act of lane filtering, which is different to lane splitting, is not illegal itself, but the current rules around it which include: a motorcyclist moving out of a marked lane; crossing a white edge line; overtaking from the left; not indicating and not leaving a safe distance, often meant bikers broke a rule while performing it.



    A trial in New South Wales found lane filtering could help ease traffic congestion and Transport Minister Scott Emerson agreed it should be rolled out in Queensland.

    But it will only be allowed for experienced riders and won't be allowed in school zones during school hours.

    Motorcyclists will also be able to legally stretch their leg off the bike to help avoid fatigue, take both feet off the footsteps to reverse into a parking space and turn their head to do a shoulder check.

    The changes will also loosen restrictions around helmets.

    Currently only helmets which comply with Australian standards can be worn in Queensland but those which pass United States, European and Japanese safety standards can not.

    For many riders it was an issue of size - Australian approved helmets didn't cater for those with larger heads.

    Mr Emerson said the discussion paper his department released received 9000 responses and the changes made sense.

    "Most motorcycle riders strongly supported the proposed changes, with more than 90 per cent of respondents supportive of lane filtering," he said.

    Steve Spalding of the RACQ was also supportive - as long as it was done "in a safe and courteous manner and at slow speed".

    "It's very much a case of sharing the road and riding in a responsible manner," he said.

    "There are some situations, such as when large vehicles are queuing, where it is safer for the motorcyclist to wait rather than try and squeeze between them and put their safety at risk.

    "Just as it is important that motorcyclists filter at a safe speed, motorists can help improve the safety of the rider by carefully checking their mirrors and indicating before changing lanes as the traffic starts to queue."

    Mr Spalding also said the changes needed to be followed with an adequate education program, to raise awareness and understanding "of what the changes are and how they will affect both motorists and motorcyclists".


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    TRIAL Also commencing in ACT

    ACT trial of lane filtering

    http://www.justice.act.gov.au/page/v...iltering-trial

    The ACT lane filtering trial will be conducted for a period of two years commencing 1 February 2015.

    The trial area will encompass the whole of the ACT which will ensure that there is no confusion about the areas in which lane filtering will be permitted.

    For the purpose of the trial, lane filtering will:
    •only be allowed when safe to do so;
    •not be allowed at a speed greater than 30km/h;
    •only be allowed by fully licensed motorcyclists (ie. learner and provisional licensed motorcyclists will not be allowed to lane filter);
    •not be allowed on kerbside next to a footpath or eg in bicycle lanes or breakdown lanes;
    •not be allowed in school zones during school zone hours; and
    •not be allowed past heavy vehicles and buses.

    Motorcycle lane filtering is not the same as lane splitting. Lane splitting involves higher speeds (above 30km/h), which increases the unpredictability of motorcyclist movements for other road users. Lane splitting will not be permitted as part of the trial.

    Evaluation of the trial


    The trial will be evaluated based on a before and after study of crashes and awareness of the rules relating to lane filtering. As lane filtering and lane splitting is not specifically coded

    in crash data, the evaluation of the impact of the trial on crash rates will be based on data relating to same direction, lane change and side swipe manoeuvres which can indicate lane filtering and splitting. A pre and post trial survey will be used to evaluate awareness of the rules relating to lane filtering.
    Further information about the trial and its conditions can be found in the Questions and Answers document



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    Very hard to believe our Govt is doing this , But welcome
    http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Que...oad-rules.aspx

    A number of changes to road rules affecting motorcycle riders in Queensland will commence in early 2015. The changes were proposed in the Motorcycle Discussion Paper: Road Rules for Motorcycle Riders, released earlier this year, and are related to lane filtering, motorcycle control and motorcycle helmets.

    Please note that the current rules and penalties for riding a motorcycle in Queensland will remain in place until the changes commence in early 2015.
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    We in Queensland are trend setters
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    yep trend setters all rite you get to be harassed and locked up and let out when they feel like it
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    Over a year now, And still going >> > http://forums.ratscafe.org/showthrea...hlight=helmets


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    yep trend setters all rite you get to be harassed and locked up and let out when they feel like it
    haha it's funny because it's true, only thing missing on a banana bender popo's uniform is a swastika
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    Media release

    Friday 30th January 2015


    Motorcycling lane filtering starts in ACT and QLD – time for national uniformity


    As thousands of motorcyclists start lane filtering this weekend in QLD and ACT, road safety advocates Maurice Blackburn are urging a national approach to road laws to boost motorcycle safety and ease congestion.

    This Sunday on 1 February, lane filtering becomes legal in Qld and a two-year trial starts in the ACT. Lane filtering was legalised in NSW on 1 July. Elsewhere it has not been legalised.

    Lane filtering is defined as motorcycles moving between lanes of slow or stationary traffic. In jurisdictions where it has been introduced in Australia, lane filtering is not permitted near heavy vehicles and buses. Speed and licence restrictions apply and filtering is not permitted around schools. Filtering is different to ‘lane splitting’ which is done at higher speed.

    Maurice Blackburn principal Malcolm Cumming said it was high time there was national uniformity around filtering to benefit all road users.

    “Lane filtering is an important, common sense approach to easing congestion and should be introduced across all states and territories. Not only will a uniform approach improve safety and ease congestion, it will limit confusion among all road users, particularly those who travel interstate.

    “A large European study* previously undertaken has shown lane filtering is safer for riders and it is legal in many other places around the world.

    The Victorian government did, while in opposition, pledge to introduce lane filtering if it won the election. Others states have not indicated they have plans to do so.

    Maurice Blackburn, working with Australia’s motorcycling community, has long been a champion of lane filtering and other motorcycling safety initiatives. It has run an online campaign and produced a video to raise awareness of lane filtering: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSRY7RxMF1g.

    *EU Motorcycle Accident Indepth Study (MAIDS) Final Report 2.0 2009.


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    1st July
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    This Wednesday, 1st July, is the 1st anniversary of legalised lane filtering (nsw). We will be celebrating this with a cake in the domain behind parliament house (hospital road).

    To be able to claim some of the parking, some of us will be there starting from 6.30am. (note hospital road does not have free ticketed parking for motorcycles)

    please invite as many as you can to attend.

    There will be “thank you” cards to be signed . The idea being that those who need to get off to work can turn up whenever they can, sign a card and have some photos taken and be on their way.

    The cards will be presented to the minister for roads, minister for police and the centre for road safety in recognition of our appreciation for their efforts to make legalised lane filtering a reality.

    The ministers and centre for road safety have been invited to attend around 8.30am to 9am. So far the minister for roads is unlikely to be able to attend, the minister for police is a possibility and we’re still working on the centre for road safety. Even if they are unable to attend, the cards will be delivered to their offices.

    Parliament is not sitting and it’s school holidays, making it more difficult for the ministers to be available.

    Police motorcyclist from the motorcycle response team will be attending.

    The event is really a photo opportunity so we can have photos with the cake and thank you cards for distribution to the media. The media will be invited to attend.

    Hope to see you there.

    Safe riding,
    ADDED 01/07/15

    A big thank you to those riders who attended this morning’s Lane Filtering birthday and cake cutting ceremony.

    Despite the rain we had 2 dozen attendees and it cleared up in time for the thank you to the dignitaries.

    Those in attendance were Parliamentary Secretary and Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti, Centre For Road Safety Acting General Manager Bernard Carlon and Inspector Phillip Brooks NSW Highway Patrol along with representatives from Centre For Road Safety and Transport for NSW.

    Once again a big thanks to Duncan Gay for implementing Lane Filtering and Happy Birthday.

    regards


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    If I was still working in the City - I'd be there for sure.

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