MTA staff and Board Members, Mark McGuire and Mark Flynn, met with the Minister for Transport, the Hon. Stephan Knoll this month to reiterate the Motorcycle Industry Association (SA) Division Committee’s stance on the State Government’s proposed Graduated Licensing Scheme (GLS).
The GLS is now being discussed at Cabinet level.
It was a positive meeting with the Minister listening to our views on the proposed scheme as we took him through our concerns and recommendations, focussing on our opposition to the following two recommendations from the State Government:
- Mandating the requirement of a motorcycle licence for moped riders. The statistics do not suggest at all that this would reduce rider fatalities or serious injuries.
- A requirement for 12 months car licence tenure (provisional, not L plates), effectively increasing the minimum Learner age to 18. Our solution proposes to include L plates in that minimum car licence tenure, thereby only increasing the minimum Learner age to 17. This still enables a potential rider to have had 12 months on the road experience, even if it is in a car.
Our proposals were backed up by solid statistics and our commitment to be involved in further discussions on a more robust rider training system.
We look forward to a positive outcome and will keep you informed as new information comes to light.
If you have any questions about the proposed motorcycle GLS, please contact your Industry Engagement Specialist, Nathan Groves, by clicking here.