Oz-only mud­guards gone

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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.”

Hear, hear.

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