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  • 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

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  • Increased Penalties for Phone Use While Driving

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  • 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.

Exhausting Stuff

In July 2000 the Environmental Protection Authority introduced a new regulation requiring all motorcycles fitted with an aftermarket exhaust to carry a specific label on it or face a $200 fine.

The EPA did not inform riders of this new law, and failed to make available, any useful information about it

Fines and defect notices were issued by EPA inspectors and the Police.

The regulation was retrospective

Police used Random Breath Test stations as a means of collecting motorcycles from the road for the EPA and to issue fines.

Riders were effectively arrested so the EPA (now DECC) can noise test their machines, and check for stickers causing delays for up to two hours on the roadside.

This enforcement has soured relations between Police and riders at a time when it was hoped riders and Police could work together towards real improvements in road safety.

Other agencies of Government have been working with riders to improve safety and these actions initiated by EPA (now DECC) risked several years of good work.

The law appeared to be used primarily to raise money.

Bikes that were at or below the legal noise limit were fined!

DEC commissioned a survey of community attitudes to noise. A survey only produces results in accord with how the questions are put.

This survey was not designed to discover facts, but to re-inforce a political "spin" that was pre determined.

Although the DEC attempted to modify the law, making it even more onerous, a Motion of Disallowance in the Legislative Council was supported.

Clause 19 was repealed.

The EPA had also continued to issue fines for failing to carry a sticker on the fuel tank which says "unleaded fuel only", despite the law requiring this label having been repealed when leaded fuel was phased out.