Information released by the Motor Accidents Authority (MAA) has caused concern among the NSW motorcycling community, with speculation that new government proposals could see the cost of greenslips drastically increased to over $2000.
The MAA released figures yesterday to alleviate motorcyclists’ recent fears that the greenslips will soon become more expensive, but the information contained in the report has instead given riders more reason to worry.
The numbers claim that it costs an average of $221,000 to rehabilitate motorcyclists after a crash with another vehicle, and the MAA expects proposed changes in the existing scheme to include at-fault drivers, riders, and those in single-vehicle crashes, increasing the number of motorcycle claims by 1000 every year. It is expected that these extra claims will be funded by making greenslips more expensive.
“That could result in an increase in payouts to motorcyclists of $221 million. Just that increase alone is more than three times what we pay into the system currently. Riders are naturally worried and find it impossible to see how they can fund this without increasing our already overpriced greenslips by at least 300 per cent,” said Christopher Burns from the NSW Motorcycle Council (MCC).
Despite assurances from the MAA that greenslips will not become more expensive, the NSW Motorcycle Alliance is calling for information from law firm Ernst & Young to be made public, so motorcyclists can be certain they will not be paying more and the true effect of the proposed scheme can be evaluated.
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