Cyclists to benefit from new TAC changes
eligible for TAC benefits.
Closing this loophole will ensure people will get the support they need after injury.
Local cyclist Tim Bickerton said that Euroa and its surrounding area cater incredibly well for cyclists.
“I think that anything that is going to make it safer for cyclists on the road, is obviously only going to be a positive,” Mr Bickerton said.
“We have to ride on the roads and people that are doing it for fitness have to be on the roads.”
Mr Bickerton rides alongside a group of other avid cyclists in the area who often ride around 100km a week and rhe ecognised the new rules as a positive for the cycling community.
This extension of TAC coverage is part of a broader package of improvements to benefits for Victorians injured in transport accidents.
Changes include extending the travel and accommodation allowance for family members to attend hospital when someone is injured and paying income support to parents who need to be by the bedside of their injured children.
The extension of TAC coverage is part of the Labor Government’s hope to improve the benefits for Victorians injured in transport accidents, including restoration of access to mental injury claims and removal of the requirement to pay a medical excess of $651 before the TAC pays for non-hospital treatment.
TAC chief executive officer Joe Calafiore has said these changes close the gap in eligibility for cyclists and provide more support for people injured on Victorian roads, helping get their lives back on track.
“We encourage any cyclist who has had a collision with a stationary vehicle, to call the TAC to see if they are eligible to make a claim,” Mr Calafiore said.