The Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) is a group of motorcyclists passionate about motorcycling.
Set up in 2011, our chief aim is to advise on how the Motorcycle Safety Levy (MSL) fund should be spent to help make riding safer for riders. We do this by engaging with motorcyclists, and advising and recommending safety initiatives and programmes to ACC, the holders of the fund.
Our vision: motorcycling as a safe travel choice
With 70,000 more registered bikes and scooters on our roads than there were ten years ago, there’s never been a more pressing need for education and action around motorcycle safety. With that in mind, our vision is to make sure motorcycle and scooter riding become increasingly safe travel choices. We do this by focusing our work on five key areas of motorcycle road safety:
- Rider skills.
- Human factors.
- Vehicle technology.
- Personal protective equipment.
- Roads and roadsides.
This aligns with three of the safe system areas in the Government’s Safer Journeys road safety strategy 2010-2020:
- Safer roads and roadsides
- Safer vehicles
- Safer road users
This year, motorcycling was named as one of the four priority areas of the Safer Journeys Action Plan 2016 – 2020. This recognises its importance to road safety as a whole.
Raising awareness through engagement
To increase awareness about the unique needs of motorcyclists we actively engage with road safety agencies and roading authorities such as the NZ Transport Agency, the Ministry of Transport, NZ Police, and ACC. We also have productive working relationships with industry groups such as the Motor Industry Association (MIA) and AA. Our goal is to extend this further, e.g. to local government.
Drawing on our passion and experience as motorcyclists we believe we are perfectly placed to make a difference and reduce the incidence and impact of injuries to motorcyclists.
Mark started riding in Timaru circa 1968. Back then he had a Suzuki 50cc Step-Through that he rode between home, school and work. Very quickly he was hooked. While the Managing Director at BMW NZ, he had the pick of their fleet, but now co-shares a Vespa 250GTI with his son.
An Independent Director for Auckland Transport, LottoNZ and Partmaster Limited, Mark is also a Trustee/Director for Product Stewardship Foundation and Home of Cycling Charitable Trust. He was formerly President of the NZ Motor Industry Association Inc.
Andrew has been riding all of his life, with motorcycling his primary form of transport. He keeps a few bikes, but spends most of his time riding a 2015 KTM 1190 Adventure R. He’s been interested in motorcycle safety for more than 30 years, and has a keen interest in motorcycle research. Andrew is a trustee of the Cashmere Club, which runs sports and community based activities.
Andrew’s professional background is in product development in the telecommunications industry, and he brings governance and financial experience to the council.
David has been involved in motorcycle safety for more than 20 years and has strong networks among motorcycle dealerships, motorcycle riding instructors and motorcycle distributors.
He manages a successful motorcycle insurance business that puts him in direct contact with more than 5,000 motorcyclists.
Janice has been motorcycling for more than 40 years and currently rides a DL1000 Suzuki V-Strom. She is a member of Women’s International Motorcycle Association (WIMA) and a past member of the UK Institute of Advanced Motorists.
Her professional background is in organisational development specialising in change management.
David rides his Kawasaki ZXR 636 every day. A recent addition to the motorcycling community, he brings a fresh perspective to the board whose members have many riding years behind them. He has a wide range of government sector experience, having spent a decade in large government agencies and as a ministerial advisor at Parliament.
David is based in Wellington where lectures part time at Massey University.
Johan has been motorcycling for nearly 40 years. He has extensive health and safety knowledge, skills and experience gained through his time at RNZAF and his current role at Site Safe NZ. Johan has developed networks through association with motorcycling clubs such as Ulysses, BRONZ and Central Districts Motorcycle Touring Club.
He currently rides a ZX1400R.
Alan has been involved in rider safety, education, policy, and community engagement through his former role as General Manager of Blue Wing Honda. He has a keen interest in motorcycle safety and is an active motorcyclist.
Alan has a strong background in leadership roles within the private sector and has financial, compliance, strategic planning and marketing experience.
Jo started riding in her late twenties as a commuter. She moved into black-top sports touring before being bitten by the adventure riding bug.
She is a Life Member and Canterbury Area Coordinator for the BMW Owners Register, and a former New Zealand Captain of the Women’s International Motorcycle Association.
Since 2000, Jo has worked in government leadership and advisory roles in transport, infrastructure, energy, and natural resource management. She rides a BMW F700GS and a Yamaha XT250.