May 19, 2024

New Victorian Campaign Targets Safer Riding

VicRoads Launches Safety Technology Awareness Campaign.

VicRoads has launched a new campaign to provide motorcycle and scooter riders with detailed information about the safety technology built in to motorcycles.

A new section on the VicRoads website allows riders to check and compare the safety features of bikes manufactured since 2010. For each motorcycle listed the site shows whether the bike has Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS), Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), Traction Control and Linked (also known as Combined) Braking Systems as standard equipment or available as an option.

VicRoads Director of Vehicle and Road Use Policy, Robyn Seymour, said “Motorcycle safety technology has advanced at such a rapid rate that it can be hard to stay up to date. VicRoads has created a one-stop-shop for motorcycle and scooter riders to find out which bikes have safety features.”

“With summer around the corner, many riders are planning their weekend and holiday road trips. We want them to have the safest motorcycle possible.”

A recent report by Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) found that motorcyclists riding on-road bikes without ABS were 45 per cent more likely to be involved in a serious crash, compared to those riding with ABS.

International research also found that a rider tends to have more confidence to brake harder with ABS, and at 100km/h that could reduce the braking distance by up to nine metres.

The website can be found at

Steve McDowall