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Coronial inquest - Mike Hall

March 19, 2019

 Much as has been written about the death of elite cyclist Mike Hall and the conclusion of the Coronial Inquest last week highlighted several elements of tragedy. I will not discuss the inquest, but need to highlight three of the recommendations that have been made as they will affect the industry.


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(d) Standards Australia should conduct a review of AS3562-1990 relating to bicycle lighting, and the Standard be either updated or replaced.

 

(e) The ACT Government should amend its relevant legislation to require a flashing rear light when riding a bicycle in low light conditions on rural roads. However, I also commend this recommendation to all Australian State and Territory Governments, for consideration of changes to the Australian Road Rules.

 

(f) The ACT Government should amend its relevant legislation to clarify whether bicycles require a wholly separate reflector to be on the back of the bicycle, or whether the reflector may be integrated into the rear light. However, I also commend this recommendation to all Australian State and Territory Governments, for consideration of changes to the Australian Road Rules.

These recommendations are particularly relevant for the industry, as Standards Australia had drafted a new lighting standard in 2018 that banned the sale of lights featuring a 'flashing mode' (which was subsequently able to be overturned by the BIA).

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