Australia Post to phase out iconic red motorcycles by 2025 | Australia news

The normal red postie bike will quickly be a relic of the previous because the nationwide publish service appears for tactics to enhance driver security.

Australia Post representatives informed a parliamentary inquiry into highway security the corporate was on monitor to have all motorbikes phased out of the fleet by 2025.

Changing the motorcycles – which have been used for postal deliveries because the Nineteen Seventies – are three-wheeled electrical supply automobiles (eDVs) which are safer, can carry extra parcels and have improved expertise.

One of the three-wheeled electric delivery vehicles that will take over from the postie bikes.
One of many three-wheeled electrical supply automobiles that may take over from the postie bikes. {Photograph}: Australia Post/PR IMAGE

The automobiles can solely attain 45km/h and are allowed on footpaths.

Australia Post security and wellbeing normal supervisor Rod Maule informed the inquiry the bike fleet was concerned in probably the most accidents out of all supply automobiles.

“December 14 is the anniversary of the demise of a motorcycle postie who died final 12 months after being hit by a driver in a 4WD with a bull bar,” he mentioned.

“It was actually tragic and that’s why we wish to eliminate that mode.”

He mentioned since starting of the alternative program there had been a major drop in incidents.

One of many challenges of introducing the brand new automobiles has been altering the tradition of posties who joined the service as a result of they love using motorbikes, Maule mentioned.

However drivers trialling the automobiles discovered they have been much less fatigued on the finish of their shifts and felt rather more seen to different drivers on the highway, main to extra advocates.

An unexpected advantage of the electrical fleet is the chance for extra ladies to be part of the male dominated postal supply workforce.

Maule mentioned bike licences have been historically extra skewed to males, however as most states have been permitting electrical supply automobiles to be pushed by folks with bike and automobile licences, the corporate was ready to recruit extra extensively.

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