Driv­ers fac­ing chal­lenge

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From page 1 Atwell cy­clist Mark Pearmine, a truck driver for 27 years, said some “head­way was be­ing made”.

“You can imag­ine the ar­gu­ments I’ve had with my truck driver friends,” he said. “I do feel we’re mak­ing head­way. Peo­ple are more tol­er­at­ing (of cy­clists) and a lot bet­ter to get along with.

“With the new laws, ev­ery lit­tle bit helps.”

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 does not cur­rently re­quire any al­ter­ation to ex­ist­ing roads.

City of Melville’s act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris­tine Young con­firmed the new rules were not ex­pected to af­fect road de­sign, but in­stead the way driv­ers con­sider bike rid­ers. “The key is we don’t need to change roads, we need to change be­hav­iours,” she said.

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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