The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to working with the community to achieve the Towards Zero vision of zero deaths or serious injuries on our roads.
We have a strong focus on doing more to protect our vulnerable road users, such as motorcyclists, who are significantly overrepresented in crashes resulting in serious injuries or worse.
Motorcyclists account for only four per cent of the vehicles on our roads, but so far this year they have been involved in 38 per cent of our serious casualty crashes.
While we cannot stop people from being unsafe, risking their own lives and those of others, we can do more to improve the awareness and skills of road users to help avoid crashes.
That’s why we have developed a new motorcycle training curriculum to target key riding skills and behaviours that novice riders need when they start out riding a motorcycle.
Our new Training and Assessment Program for motorcyclists will consist of a new two-day pre-learner course, a check ride and a new pre-provisional test. This program will be mandatory for all new riders.
I am pleased to also announce that the program will be delivered across Tasmania by AJL Training Pty Ltd.
AJL will deliver training at a purpose-built facility at its Burnie head office, at a new facility in Devonport, on a green field site in Launceston and in Hobart at the existing Moonah site, which will be upgraded, and also at the Rokeby Police Academy,
These facilities will be the base for our new extensive skills and awareness motorcycle training that will help shape rider behaviour on our roads for life.
With our new trainers are ready to go and the new rider training facilities are progressively coming into service, the new training program will start coming online across Tasmania from next month.
This is about saving lives on our roads as we aim Towards Zero.
For more information, prospective motorcycle riders can ring 6166 4897 or email mlta@stategrowth.tas.gov.au
Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure