Latest News

  • New Meeting Format

    We’ve changed the format of our General meetings to include regular guest speakers and a Club Profile by one of our delegates about their club. All motorcyclists are welcome to attend the MCC's...

  • Helmet Laws

    On 11th December 2015 the use of helmets meeting International Helmet standard UN ECE 22.05 became legal for use in NSW. For more information click here

  • Cameras on Helmets

    The use of cameras on motorcycle helmets is now legal in the ACT provided that the mount is “frangible”. ACT Legislative Instrument The NSW Centre for Road Safety is undertaking another round of...

  • Increased Penalties for Phone Use While Driving

    Mobile phone offences have been added to double demerit periods. Also, an additional demerit point will be added to the existing standard penalty of three points. For more info Know The Rules

  • Historic Registration Rules

    On 4th September 2015 Duncan Gay, the Minister for Roads announced a new additional Historic Registration scheme (Classic Vehicle Scheme) to run along side the existing scheme. Download from the link ...

  • Putty Road and Oxley Highway Emergency Phone Locations

    The MCC has put together a pamphlet outlining the location of Emergency Phones along the Putty Road. A pamphlet is in preparation for the recently installed phones on the Oxley Highway. For more...

  • Lane Filtering legalised

    On 1st July 2014, lane filtering was legalised in NSW. The MCC of NSW has fought for this legalisation for many years. For more details click here

  • About M.A.R.I.

    A brief history of M.A.R.I.

Riders in NSW

RMS Stats for Q4 2013,

In NSW we have

  • 380,000 active or latent riders
  • 200,000 registered motorcycles
  • 132,000 unregistered off-road motorcycles
  • 520,000 motorcycle licenses held by residents

The Federated Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is the motorcycle manufacturers organisation and their website presents a wealth of information relating to sales growth of motorcycles in Australia FCAI 2012 Figures

FCAI note off-road motorcycles at around 85% of registered motorcycle numbers. Our estimate is more conservative at around 70%.

Data quality issues arise from the Australian Bureau of Statistics ceasing collection of sales and registration data. Government reliance on industry sales data has led to discrepancies.

However, the overall fleet or registered motorcycles has expanded in NSW by over one third in the past 5 years.

In their report on a survey of riders over 30 years of age, Haworth et al concluded that 30% of those with a motorcycle license would cease riding and never ride again.
Haworth, N. Mulvihill, C. Symmons, M., 2002, Motorcycling after 30 MUARC

The population of riders is a rotating pool of those who give up riding for certain periods of time and then re-bike. Establishing a mortgage or having children are typical life events that cause riders to leave, then later resume riding.

The motorcycle fleet is expanding rapidly in response to environmental, congestion and economic factors.

Yet, motorcycles are not included in Transport Planning and are still treated as a social problem to be excluded from society, or at best, tolerated with minimal concessions.

It's time for all sides of NSW Politics to include Motorcycles and Scooters in Transport and Roads Policy, as a solution to many of societies problems such as Traffic Congestion, Parking Congestion and Pollution.