A PROMINENT Portland motorcycling enthusiast has said that individual responsibility, not more state regulation, is the key to the safety of riders on local roads.
Dave Upton, who founded the local chapter of the national riders’ club Ulysses and is still a member, said bad quality roads and “people who don’t know their own capabilities” are the real issues in motorcycle safety, not the findings of a parliamentary inquiry last year.
This week Victorian Roads Minister Terry Mulder is denying Opposition charges that the lives and limbs of motorcyclists are at risk because the Coalition government has done nothing about road safety.
“The Parliament of Victoria Road Safety Committee tabled its report into the safety of motorcyclists in December last year and the government’s response is due by 12 June this year,” Mr Mulder said.
“As part of its new, next generation road safety strategy, the Coalition Government is investing $1 billion in road safety improvements, a massive 30 per cent more than the former Labor government.”
But on the local scene, Mr Upton said the condition of some western Victorian roads was so bad, they posed a real threat to riders.
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.