Call to respect new cycle laws Bryce Luff
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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