New pass­ing laws keep cy­clists safer

The Advocate (Perth) - - #SNAPPERTH -

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.

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