World first ratings system for motorcycle clothing
In a new era for motorcycle safety, a world-first rating system for motorcycle clothing has been launched in Australia.
The Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program (MotoCAP) will empower motorcyclists with more information when they are making choices about the clothing they wear when riding.
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC) and the Lifetime Support Authority (LSA) have joined with road safety organisations around Australia and New Zealand to establish the rating program.
MAC Road Safety Communications Manager, Matt Hanton said that last year 540 motorcyclists were injured on South Australian roads – of those 24 motorcyclists lost their lives and 114 were seriously injured.
“Motorcycle and scooter riders are susceptible to significant injury when involved in a crash and we know that wearing the right gear when riding, including jackets, trousers, gloves and footwear, can reduce the risk and severity of crash-related injuries,” Mr Hanton said.
“The Australian community has become very familiar with the ANCAP star rating for vehicle safety. It is the intention that MotoCAP will work in a similar way, providing clear safety information that supports riders to make informed purchasing decisions,” Mr Hanton said.
LSA Chief Executive, Tamara Tomic, said that approximately 20% of the seriously injured participants entering the Lifetime Support Scheme are motorcycle riders.
“The LSA is pleased to partner with MotoCAP. As riders are enabled to make more informed choices about their riding gear, we are hoping to see a corresponding reduction in the severity of injuries seen by the LSA” said Ms Tomic.
MotoCAP provides information on a range of motorcycle jackets, pants and gloves available in Australia. It will give clothing two separate scientifically-based star ratings – one for protection and one for comfort.
The protection star rating considers performance in abrasion resistance, seam strength and impact protection, while the comfort rating is based on how comfortable the clothing is when worn in the Australian climate.