Call to re­spect new cy­cle laws Bryce Luff

Melville Times - - News -

NEW safe pass­ing dis­tance rules will do lit­tle to im­prove the re­la­tion­ship be­tween mo­torists and cy­clists, a lo­cal cy­cling club pres­i­dent says.

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

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

Melville Fre­man­tle Cy­cling Club pres­i­dent Russell Miller said the new rules were long over­due, with the re­la­tion­ship be­tween cy­clists and mo­torists as bad as he had seen in 50 years.

But he does not be­lieve all will run smoothly be­tween driv­ers and cy­clists.

“(The rules) shouldn’t even be nec­es­sary and wouldn’t be if both par­ties re­spected each other,” he said.

“I think they’re ad­e­quate but it doesn’t mean the sit­u­a­tion will nec­es­sar­ily change.”

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

Mr Miller said en­force­ment would be dif­fi­cult un­less mo­torists or cy­clists come for­ward with video footage.

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