MINIMUM PASSING DISTANCE RULES
SHARING the road is important for the safety of all road users. Motorists and cyclists both have the same rights and responsibilities when on our roads. Legislation has been passed to ensure that motorists must stay further than one metre from a rider when passing a bike rider in a 60kmph or less speed zone. For speed zones over 60kmph, motorists must allow at least 1.5 metres when passing a bike rider. Motorists can cross centre lines, including double unbroken lines, straddle lane-lines or drive on painted islands to pass bike riders, provided the motorist has clear view of any approaching traffic and it’s safe to do so. The passing distance rules are here to stay and drivers caught breaking these rules can be issued an infringement notice with a fine of $378 and three demerit points. If the matter goes to court a maximum fine of $4712 can apply. Local police are encouraging all road users to share the roads. Be patient, let somebody in, give a wave of thanks to others doing the right thing, keep a look out for trucks, trains, bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians, know and follow the road rules. For more information visit jointhedrive.qld.gov.au for information and get involved and follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #SpeakUpforRoadSafety.