Motorcycle riders have a higher risk of death or serious injury than all other road users and motorcycle riding is becoming more popular among young people.
The South Australian Government, in consultation with community and industry, has actively explored proposals to reduce motorcycle road trauma and has reviewed the Graduated Licensing System to protect novice motorcyclists.
Research undertaken by the University of Adelaide's Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR), resulted in 15 key recommendations being released for community consultation in early 2018.
The recommendations were aimed at reducing the crashes involving 16 and 17 year old riders and reducing crashes involving motorcyclists holding a learner permit or R-Date licence class.
A total of 1553 participants responded to the consultation, while key road safety stakeholders, motorcycling industry representatives and other interested parties provided feedback through formal submissions.
The consultation outcomes report Protecting South Australia’s Novice Motorcyclists: Outcomes from Public Consultation outlines the feedback from the community and stakeholders.
The majority of the recommendations that were consulted on were supported by the survey respondents and stakeholders including proposals to introduce zero blood alcohol concentration and banning of mobile phone use for all novice riders.
The Department of Infrastructure and Transport will continue to work with stakeholders to improve motorcycle road safety.
Additional vehicles registered in South Australia have now been identified as having been fitted with a “critical” Takata airbag, and will be refused registration to ensure the safety of all road users.
As part of the Regency Road to Pym Street Project there will be a temporary partial closure of the South Road and Regency Road intersection from 5am Monday, 4 January, to 5am Monday, 11 January, weather permitting.
As part of the Darlington Upgrade Project, night and weekend works will be undertaken in the lowered motorway and on South Road to install the final layer of asphalt and line marking.
Motorists are advised of upcoming partial closures of the Heysen Tunnels to allow for essential safety maintenance works.