Cyclists to ben­e­fit from new TAC changes

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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