Lorraine and Michael Conolly lost their son, Jason, in a motorbike accident. He was 26.
Lorraine and Michael Conolly lost their son, Jason, in a motorbike accident. He was 26. Brett Wortman

Motorcycle reform welcomed by mother of fatality victim

A BEREAVED mother who has lobbied for motorcycle licensing reforms has greeted government support for some recommendations as a small step in the right direction.

Lorraine Conolly, who lost her son, Jason, in a motorcycle accident a month after he had obtained his licence, said she accepted that changes could take some time.

The Queensland Government has tabled a response to an inquiry last year into the state's motorcycling licensing process.

Of 12 recommendations, the government has supported 10.

However, only three of the recommendations will be implemented by the end of the year and the government says five will require further investigation.

The government has agreed to revise the motorcycle knowledge test by this December.

As a step towards improving the safety awareness of older riders returning to motorcycles, it has also agreed to review information on the Motorcycle Safety website and Queensland Motorcycle Riders Guide.

But the government says it will need further investigation into compulsory pre-learner off-road training and assessment.

It says work will not begin on setting up an evaluation system to determine the effectiveness of the Q-Ride and Q-SAFE licensing system until later this year.

Mrs Conolly and Maroochydore woman Donna Ferguson, whose son, Angus, was also killed in a motorcycle crash, have been critical of Q-Ride and licensing procedures which allow young motorcyclists to obtain licences with as little as five hours of instruction.

Mrs Conolly, of Little Mountain, said she was pleased there had been progress towards improving motorcyclist safety standards but further investigation of recommendations needed to be conducted properly.

"You often hear of a review and nothing happens but they are following through, and that's great," she said.

"I just hope they do communicate not only with those who have a connection but also those who don't have a vested interest."



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