Are you on top of new cy­cle laws?

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT - Erica Mur­ree

LAST Mon­day, the State Govern­ment in­tro­duced new cy­cling over­tak­ing laws which could lead to mo­torists be­ing fined if found to be trav­el­ling too close to their two-wheeled coun­ter­parts.

Mo­torists now have to give a one-me­tre clear­ance when pass­ing in a 60kmh or less speed zone or at least 1.5m in faster zones.

Of­fend­ers face a $330 fine.

To im­prove road safety, cy­clists who break the road rules will pay fines equal to mo­torists.

Mo­torists will be al­lowed to cross cen­tre lines, in­clud­ing dou­ble un­bro­ken cen­tre lines, strad­dle lane-lines or drive on painted is­lands to pass cy­clists pro­vided the driver has a clear view of any ap­proach­ing traf­fic and it is safe to do so.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Scott Emer­son says the prac­ti­cal­ity of new cy­cling road rules will be as­sessed dur­ing a two-year trial and help make driv­ers more aware of cy­clists.

Do you think these new laws are dan­ger­ous or not a worry for our small coun­try towns?

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