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.

Road Maintenance & Design

The key issues identified for road environment safety are:

  • Road fixtures and furniture may create crash and injury risks for motorcyclists.
  • Maintenance and upgrading practices may create crash and injury risks for motorcyclists.
  • The designers of new roads are not required to consider the specific vulnerabilities of motorcyclists.
  • Crash records are not used systematically to monitor and guide road maintenance practices.

The MCC objectives for Safer Roads are to:

  1. Reduce the incidence and severity of single vehicle motorcycle crashes.

  2. To ensure motorcycle safety is accommodated in the design and maintenance of roads and the road environment.

  3. To ensure motorcycles are recognised as a growing and distinct mode of transport in all road planning and road safety programs.

Every motorcyclist knows that road conditions that are no problem for a car, can be dangerous traps for a motorcycle. Non-motorcyclists are less likely to understand this and few road engineers appear to appreciate the handling characteristics of motorcycles.

Forty percent of motorcycle crashes are single vehicle crashes. It is often assumed that such crashes are due to excessive speed, but poor road design and surface condition also play a part. As a part of the strategic planning process, we undertook a review of NSW crash data. We found that road surface hazards such as loose gravel on a sealed surface were a contributing factor in 21% of single vehicle motorcycle crashes.

  • Road authorities need to be made aware of the dangers for motorcyclists that are created by the poor design and maintenance of roads.
  • Motorcyclists need to develop their skills to read the road surface, to anticipate, avoid or control loss of traction.
  • All motorcyclists can help to improve the roads in their local area by working with their local road authorities.

This subject is covered in depth on the MCC Motorcycle Safety website

Reporting a Road Hazard

How to report a road hazard. Refer to the following link.