Motorcyclists have hit out at a southeast Queensland service station over a sign which they claim has “blatantly discriminated” against riders and insinuated they’re criminals.

Motorbike riders have hit out at the owners of a Sunshine Coast service station for a sign which they claim has “blatantly discriminated” against riders and insinuated they’re criminals.

The Motorcycle Riders Association Australia says the sign was at the Fresh Trading Co Ampol service station on Bli Bli Road at Nambour.

The service station is owned by Procon Developments.

The sign reads “Dear customers, due to risk management requirements all fuel purchases by motorbike riders must now be pre-paid (sic) in-store”.

The sign at the Nambour Ampol service station which Motorcycle Riders Association Australia say is discriminating.

The association’s regional spokeswoman Cate Grace labelled the sign blatant discrimination.

Ms Grace said the sign insinuated that motorcycle riders were dishonest or criminals and thieves.

“This broader implication of this discriminatory action inferring motorcycle riders can’t be trusted, further cements a lack of respect for motorcycle riders,” Ms Grace said.

“Commuter motorcycle and scooter riders contribute greatly to the reduction in urban road and parking congestion and recreationally contribute millions of dollars annually to regional economies.”

Ms Grace said she could only guess to what the “risk management” issues had been identified at the service station.

Guessing there have been a couple of drive off thefts, if that is the case, security cameras need to be installed,” she said.

“Or instances should be reported to police.”

Ms Grace said on failing that, the service station should make it a requirement for all road users to pay before they pump.

Procon Developments were twice approached for a response however a company spokeswoman said it would not be making one.

Extracted in full from: Motorbike body’s discrimination claims over sign at a Sunshine Coast service station | The Courier Mail

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