The age distribution and life of motorcycles in Australia and the implications for design rules

The factual data on motorcycles and motorcyclists in Australia are not sufficiently broadly based for most forms of assessment, and insufficiently detailed to design and appraise countermeasures with any degree of confidence. This article is concerned with the rate at which design changes introduced for safety or other reasons will spread through the population of vehicles used on the road. A broad statistical context is given which strongly suggests that if design modifications to new motorcycles are to be promulgated for safety reasons, significant penetration of the motorcycle population would follow from their early introduction. The acute lack of reliable detailed Australian statistics on motorcycles and bicycles proved to be an important restriction on the work of parliamentary road safety committees (eg, house of representatives standing committee on road safety (1978)) and this brief analysis has been carried out to assess the value of a section of the available Australia wide data relevant to motorcycle safety measures. Socioeconomic and demographic issues are not considered in any detail, but should subsequently be given specific attention. (A)


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  • Accession Number: 01439443
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 10:19PM