CYCLISTS MUST ALSO OBEY RULES
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.