Opposition Press Releases


21
Nov

Getting Victoria Moving: Motorcycles in bus lanes

Opposition Press Releases

A Liberal Nationals Government will introduce a trial to allow motorcycles greater access to Melbourne’s bus lanes to improve motorcycle safety and allow more efficient traffic movement.

Daniel Andrews has lost control of population growth and traffic congestion.

Melbourne’s population growth is putting enormous stress on roads and traffic congestion and that negatively impacts everyone’s quality of life.

Melbourne’s population has already passed 5 million and is growing at an average of around 2,700 every week. Daniel Andrews says he wants to grow Melbourne’s population by another 3 million people.

Under the Liberal Nationals’ plan, motorcycles will initially be permitted access to south-bound bus lanes along Hoddle Street (between Victoria Parade and the Eastern Freeway) as well as lanes along the Eastern Freeway (inbound), with a view to further rollouts along additional corridors in future. This move follows a successful 6 month VicRoads trial in 2011 whereby motorcycles were permitted to use bus lanes along Hoddle Street during peak periods in 2011.

Allowing motorcycles greater access to bus lanes will improve motorcycle safety and allow more efficient movement of traffic. In addition, this plan will bring Victoria into line with other jurisdictions, both in Australia and overseas including NSW, the ACT and London.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Roads and Infrastructure, David Hodgett:

“A Liberal Nationals Government will get back in control of local population growth and congestion.

As has been proven both here and overseas, allowing motorcycles greater use of Melbourne’s bus lanes will improve motorcycle safety and enhance traffic flow, making our roads safer and more efficient for all users.”

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