Page 4985 - Week 15 - Thursday, 15 December 2005

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(1) The security guards have been in place since 22 June 2005 and were employed to ease increasing problems with car parking availability at Macarthur House. Their role is to ensure that only staff or authorised visitors use the car park prior to 8.30am each workday.

(2) The cost is $1,300 per week including GST for two guards each day.

(3) The guards will remain in place until approximately the end of February 2006 by when boom gates should be installed.

(Question No 748)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 15 November 2005:

(1) Is it compulsory for motorcycle riders to have their headlights turned on at all times of the day and night while riding in order to improve visibility; if not, why not and what is the current legislation in regards to the use of headlights for motorcyclists;

(2) What training is provided to motorcycle riders in the ACT in relation to road safety and of this training what aspects are (a) compulsory and (b) voluntary;

(3) What advice is given during such training in relation to the use of headlights whilst riding a motorcycle;

(4) What are the rules in relation to the colour of clothing that motorcyclists must/should wear when riding a motorcycle to increase visibility;

(5) Given the relatively large percentage of motorcycle rider deaths in the ACT this year, what specifically is being done by the ACT Government to improve road safety for motorcyclists.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) No, it is not compulsory for motorcycle riders to use headlights when riding. This issue is not on the agenda for national or juridictional consideration.

(2) (a) Pre-Learner Licence course is mandatory;

(b) If a person fails the Rider Assessment Test, it is a mandatory requirement to complete the Pre-Provisional Licence Course. This course is also available on a voluntary basis for any rider.

(3) The training courses do not specifically address this issue. However, the majority of road motorbikes, available for purchase since 1990, contain safety features such as automatic lights on when ignition started.

(4) The Australian Road Rules require all riders to wear an approved helmet. There are no specific rules regarding clothing. The Pre-Learner Licence Course advises riders on appropriate clothing and footwear.

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