Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has welcomed the release of the Transport Housing and Local Government Committee’s report into the motorcycle licensing process in Queensland.
In June Transport Minister Scott Emerson ordered the Inquiry in an effort to reduce the number of motorcycle fatalities and accidents across the State.
It was also decided on shortly after Sunshine Coast mothers Donna Ferguson and Lorraine Conolly submitted a petition, back by Mr McArdle, consisting of more than 2700 signatures, urging the State Government to overhaul the licensing laws.
Both mothers lost their sons in separate motorcycle accidents, which they believe was due to inexperience.
“I thank the Committee for their hard work in preparing this report,” Mr McArdle said.
“The Transport Minister will now read the report and recommendations and we look forward to his determination.
“Credit should also go to Donna and Lorraine for their tireless efforts in putting the spotlight on this issue, and I have no doubt their fearless campaigning will continue.”
The Committee made 12 recommendations for Minister Emerson to consider, including commissioning an independent evaluation to determine the efficacy of the Q-Ride and Q-SAFE motorcycling licensing system and that the findings be publicly released; and undertaking regular and consistent road safety research to identify and evaluate the benefits of enhancements and changes being made to the motorcycle licensing system.
A copy of the report can be viewed here: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/Documents/TableOffice/TabledPapers/2012/5412T1232.pdf