Motorcycle Facts and Myths
Lane filtering is legal in most states around Australia.
FACT – Lane filtering is legal in Queensland, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales. Although it can only be done in traffic that is travelling at speeds less than 30 kms.
There are some other exceptions to the rule, depending on which state you’re travelling in, that impact where the lane filtering is legal. It is best to double check for the laws in your state before performing this manoeuvre.
Motorcycle riders must wear a full protective clothing at all times.
MYTH – The only piece of protective clothing a motorcycle rider legally must wear is a helmet. There are certain safety regulations around a helmet, so it is best to check the requirement before purchase.
Although it is recommended that riders also wear; long pants, a jacket, goggles, gloves and boots. Before purchasing a motorbike, it is encouraged that the cost of these protective items are taken into consideration as they can be quite expensive.
Motorcycle riders are more skilled drivers than those driving cars.
MYTH – It is a common misconception among Australian drivers that motorcycle riders are more skilled and have better control over their vehicle. While this may be true in some situations, generally speaking drivers behind the wheel of a car should never assume motorcycle drivers can be put at risk on the idea that they are nimble and can avoid an accident.
Motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to be killed on Australian roads than car drivers.
FACT – This is a frightening statistic and it is a result of many factors. One of which is that drivers of cars are not being diligent in looking out for motorcycles and are either; running motorcylces off the road, changing lanes and not seeing them or not leaving adequate braking distance.
It is a two-way street when it comes to making sure everyone on the road gets to their destination safely. Both motorcycle riders and drivers behind the wheel of a car need to look twice, stick to the speed limit and be a respectful road user.
Written by Shine Lawyers on . Last modified: August 18, 2017.