NSW to start lane filtering on July 1: now time for other states to ‘Take a longer look’ at cutting road congestion

27 February 2014
Road safety advocates Maurice Blackburn, has welcomed the NSW Government’s plan to ease traffic congestion and legalise lane filtering by motorcyclists from 1 July 2014.

"NSW has led the way and others should see the sense in it and do the same," said John Voyage, principal and road safety advocate.

"It is a common sense approach. The Government has successfully trialed this and listened to us and to the many thousands of motorcyclists who say lane filtering is safer for everyone and cuts traffic congestion."

Lane filtering is defined as motorcycles moving between lanes of slow or stationary traffic. A large European study* shows it's safer for riders and it is legal in many other places around the world.

Maurice Blackburn is one of the backers of a ground-breaking online road safety initiative that, together with Australia's motorcycling community, has pushed for filtering with an online campaign and video titled "Motorcycle Lane Filtering" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSRY7RxMF1g .

The video has had almost 77,000 views since it was launched in October 2013 and is often used prominently to show with graphics how lane filtering works in action, so that the community understands its economic and safety benefits.

Mr Voyage said it was encouraging that a number of state and territory governments were looking at lane filtering, but they now needed to take the next step and legalise it to reduce confusion among motorists and riders.

"Maurice Blackburn is proud to be supporting a growing campaign for law reform with the Motorcycle Council of NSW and the Australian Motorcycle Council," he said. 

"Take a Longer Look" was funded via Australia's riding community who bought Stop SMIDSY t-shirts to fund the project. 

*EU Motorcycle Accident Indepth Study (MAIDS) Final Report 2.0 2009.

Background:  http://www.lawyers4riders.com.au/   https://www.facebook.com/stopsmidsy

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