New passing laws keep cyclists safer
NEW safe passing distance rules have been welcomed by cycling’s peak body.
From November 30, drivers overtaking a cyclist must keep a 1m 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.
WestCycle chairman Neil Hackett said the rules sent a “clear message” cyclists have a right to be on the road.
“This will make cycling in Western Australia a safer activity,” he said.
The penalty for drivers who break the new law is a $400 fine and four demerit points.
Bicycling WA chief executive Debra Graham said the law provided clarity for riders and drivers.
“Both parties should aim to do the right thing,” she said.
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 did not require alterations to existing roads.
A public awareness campaign will be run to ensure drivers and other road users are aware of the new laws.
The new rules will be monitored by the Road Safety Commission.