Melville Times - - Opinion -

THE first per­son fined un­der the State Gov­ern­ment’s new leg­is­la­tion en­forc­ing a safe dis­tance be­tween cars and cy­clists will de­ter­mine how the pub­lic re­acts to the new rules. As of Novem­ber 30, mo­torists will have to keep 1m from cy­clists if driv­ing less than 60km/h and 1.5m if they’re driv­ing faster, or risk a $400 fine and loss of four de­merit points. There’s no doubt the con­cept of this new rule is flouted all over WA and if ac­tively en­forced, we can ex­pect some­one to be fined first thing Fri­day morn­ing on De­cem­ber 1. So po­lice also need to en­force current rules pro­tect­ing pedes­tri­ans and mo­torists from cy­clists flout­ing the rules. Ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Trans­port… ‘When us­ing a pub­lic road all bi­cy­cle rid­ers must obey the same rules as other ve­hi­cles such as cars and trucks. The most com­mon rules in­clude those ap­ply­ing to traf­fic con­trol lights, stop signs, care­less and reck­less rid­ing and keep­ing left’. That means cy­clists need to stop at pedes­trian cross­ings, give way at round­abouts and stop at stop signs.

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