Oz-only mudguards gone
In a rare victory for common sense, Australian Design Rules (ADRs) have been changed to delete the requirements for new motorcycles sold locally to have extended rear mudguards. This brings Australia into line with most other world markets.
An official statement said, “After careful review, the Australian Government and state and territory governments have agreed to remove this requirement as it’s outdated and has no bearing on vehicle safety. Abolishing this unnecessary provision will achieve significant efficiencies, with nearly 70,000 new motorcycles no longer required to be retro-fitted with rear mudguard extensions every year. This change is expected to deliver $14.4 million in industry compliance and manufacturing savings every year, which should lead to lower prices for new motorcycle owners.”