Pressure building on Victoria to introduce lane filtering
26 May 2014
Chee Chee Leung
Road safety advocates Maurice Blackburn is calling on the Victorian Government to take action to legalise lane filtering to boost motorcycle safety and ease congestion.
The renewed call for action comes as the Victorian Opposition today pledged to introduce lane filtering if it wins the next election.
This comes less than a week after the Queensland Government released a discussion paper looking at the introduction of lane filtering in that state.
Maurice Blackburn principal John Voyage said the Victorian Government risked falling behind other states on motorcycle safety if it failed to act on lane filtering.
“Lane filtering is an important, common sense approach to easing congestion and its introduction here in Victoria is long overdue,” Mr Voyage said.
“A large European study* previously undertaken has shown lane filtering is safer for riders and it is legal in many other places around the world.
“In Australia, Queensland and New South Wales are leading the way on this issue, with lane filtering to be legalised in NSW from July 1.
“Now is the time for the Victorian Government to step and take action to introduce lane filtering for the benefit of all road users in Victoria.”
Lane filtering is defined as motorcycles moving between lanes of slow or stationary traffic.
In a 2012 report, the Victorian Parliament’s inquiry into motorcycle safety recommended that lane filtering be reviewed “with the aim of introducing filtering in Victoria”.
Maurice Blackburn, working with Australia’s motorcycling community, has long been a champion of motorcycle safety including lane filtering, and has run an online campaign and video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSRY7RxMF1g.