South Australia's motorcycle laws change to protect vulnerable

APPROVED: South Australia's motorcycle graduated licensing scheme reform pass in parliament with flying colours.
APPROVED: South Australia's motorcycle graduated licensing scheme reform pass in parliament with flying colours.

Legislation aimed at protecting South Australia's most vulnerable road users has this week been given the nod in parliament.

Primarily, the new reform alters the motorcycle Graduated Licensing Scheme by raising the minimum age for a learner's permit by two years.

In regional SA, changes include motorcyclists aged 16 to commute for education, work or sport only. Also, no riding is permitted between midnight and 5am if aged under 25-years.

Tragically, five motorcyclist lives have been lost in 2021 on state roads.

The current number of lives lost is 17 compared to 16 at the same time last year.

Road Safety Minister Vincent Tarzia said the key changes delivered works to save lives and reduce trauma on state roads.

"Exemptions will be in place for regional motorcyclists because we acknowledge access to public transport in regional South Australia can be limited," he said.

Importantly, he said, the Bill strikes the right balance between improving road safety outcomes and recognising the limited alternative transport options in the regions.

The changes include:

LEARNER'S PERMIT

Minimum age:

  • Increase from 16 to 18.
  • 17 if holding a provisional car licence.
  • 16 if living in regional SA and travelling for education, work or sport.

Restrictions:

  • Zero alcohol.
  • No passengers.
  • Prohibited from towing.
  • No riding between midnight and 5am if under 25.
  • Restricted to motorcycles with automatic transmission only if tested on one.

Period on learner's permit:

  • Minimum 12 months in all circumstances.

R-DATE LICENCE CLASSIFICATION

Minimum age:

  • Increase from 17 to 19.

Restrictions:

  • Zero alcohol.
  • Restricted to motorcycles with automatic transmission only if tested on one.

Period on an R-Date classification:

  • 2 years.

R LICENCE CLASSIFICATION

Minimum age:

  • Increase from 18 to 21.

Restrictions:

  • Restricted to motorcycles with automatic transmission only if tested on one.

The Government's Bill is based on recommendations from an expert report provided by the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) and is strengthened by input from key road safety stakeholders, motorcycle groups and industry representatives.

This story New motorcycle laws approved first appeared on The Murray Valley Standard.