Road Safety & Transport Strategic Action Plan for Powered Two Wheelers

Powered two wheeled vehicles, which include motorcycles and scooters, are a growing part of Victoria’s transport future. They are becoming more popular as both a mode of transport and as a recreational activity.

However powered two wheeled vehicle riders and pillion passengers are amongst the most vulnerable of road users. 

On Victorian roads, they account for 15% of deaths and serious injuries although they comprise only four per cent of registered vehicles and less than one per cent of traffic volume.

Aim of the Action Plan

The aim of Victoria’s Road Safety and Transport Strategic Action Plan for Powered Two Wheelers 2009-2013 was to reduce motorcyclist and scooter rider fatalities and serious injuries and to ensure that powered two wheeled vehicles are recognised in transport policy and planning.

The strategic action plan recognised the growing popularity of motorcycles on Victorian roads and the need for greater consideration of the role PTWs play in transport and land use planning. 

The action plan identified four priorities for action:
  • increasing knowledge and understanding of powered two wheeled vehicle riding and crashes 
  • recognising the role of powered two wheelers in the transport network and improving the road system for powered two wheelers 
  • improving rider and driver awareness, skills and knowledge 
  • encouraging greater use of safer motorcycles and scooters and protective clothing by riders.

Victoria’s Road Safety and Transport Strategic Action Plan for Powered Two Wheelers 2009-2013 [PDF 2.0 Mb] 

Third progress report

In 2011, 49 motorcyclists died on Victorian roads, compared with 43 in 2008 before the start of the action plan. At the same time, the number of registered motorcycles increased by 18% and the fatal crash rate decreased by one per cent.

The following graph provides a summary of progress to date against forecast progress for the four priority areas of the strategy.

The following attachment provides a detailed report of progress within each of the four priority areas.

Detail on the progress of each action [PDF 65 Kb]

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