New road rules wel­comed

‘THIS WILL MAKE CY­CLING SAFER’

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

NEW safe pass­ing dis­tance rules have been wel­comed by cy­cling’s peak body.

From November 30, driv­ers over­tak­ing a cy­clist must keep a 1m gap be­tween their car and those on a bike while on a road with a speed limit of up to 60km/h.

A 1.5m gap will be needed on roads with a speed limit over 60km/h.

WestCy­cle chair­man Neil Hack­ett said the rules sent a “clear mes­sage” cy­clists have a right to be on the road.

“This will make cy­cling in Western Aus­tralia a safer ac­tiv­ity,” he said.

The penalty for driv­ers who break the new law is a $400 fine and four de­merit points.

Bi­cy­cling WA chief ex­ec­u­tive De­bra Gra­ham said the law pro­vided clar­ity for rid­ers and driv­ers. “Both par­ties should aim to do the right thing,” she said.

Road Safety Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said seven cy­clists had been killed on WA roads this year.

“Cy­clists are among our most vul­ner­a­ble road users and these new rules are de­signed to pro­vide greater pro­tec­tion and hope­fully re­duce the num­ber of se­ri­ous in­juries and deaths,” she said.

A spokes­woman for Main Roads WA said the safety ini­tia­tive did not cur­rently re­quire any al­ter­ation to ex­ist­ing roads.

A pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign will run and the new rules will be mon­i­tored by the Road Safety Com­mis­sion, with a re­port pro­vided to the min­is­ter af­ter two years.

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