Mike Stevens | Mar 16, 2010

THE AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE Council wants the positive aspects of motorcycles and scooters acknowledged by the Federal Government.

Spokesperson Shaun Lennard said this week that recent efforts by some state governments to outlaw certain motorcycle groups have cast a shadow over law-abiding enthusiasts and commuters.

Mr Lennard said that commuter efforts to cut fuel use and traffic congestion by taking up motorcycling should be recognised at the upcoming federal election.

"The number of motorcycles on the roads, motorcycles and scooters in Australia, has almost doubled in the past 10 years," Mr Lennard told AAP. He added that there had been "massive" growth in the number of female motorcycle riders.

"We will be hoping each of the major parties will be taking a platform of pro-motorcycling policies to this year's federal election."

Labor MP Bernie Ripoll, speaking with press at an Australian Motorcycle Council ride at Parliament House, agreed that there could be undue focus on the negative aspects of motorcycles.

"The vast majority of motorcyclists are just trying to get to work," Mr Ripoll AAP.

"Motorcycles and scooters are cheap, they are great around the city because they don't take up a lot of space, and they don't pollute.

The Victorian Government last year launched a safety campaign for motorcycle and scooter riders, to be implemented over the next four years. The plan will seek to significantly reduce the number of fatalities and injuries sustained by motorcycle and scooter riders on Victoria's roads.

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