Motorbike licensing under review

THE State Government has promised to look at changing motorcycle licensing laws in response to a heavily supported community petition lodged at Parliament.

Sunshine Coast mothers Donna Ferguson and Lorraine Conolly started the petition, which received almost 1500 signatures, after the death of their sons in motorbike accidents.

They want to see tougher training measures and on-road experience for people obtaining a motorbike licence.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said this week he would not bury his head in the sand over the issue.

"Motorcyclists are over-represented in the road toll figures and an investigation is needed to address the link between accidents and the process to obtain a motorcycle licence," Mr Emerson said.

"The government is determined to address the concerns raised."

In 2011, 45 motorcycle riders or their passengers were killed on the state's roads.

The deaths represented 16.7% of the annual road toll.

Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle said he was positive the 1331 people who supported the petition would sway the government to change the licensing requirements.

The changes they proposed include increasing the Q-ride course requirement for motorcycle licences from one to five days.

"It is ridiculous to think that someone can get a motorcycle licence in such a short period of time and be allowed to take to the roads with absolutely zero experience," Mr McArdle said.

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