Written by John Sutton
June 6, 2016
On 1 March 2016 the NSW government brought in new laws that effect both cyclists and motor vehicle drivers.
Under rule 144-1 and 144-2 of the Road Rules 2014, drivers must now leave a one metre gap when passing a cyclist at 60 km/h. When a car is driving 60 km/h or more they must leave a one and a half metre gap when passing a cyclist. If these laws are not obeyed then they will be receiving a $319 fine as well as two demerit points.
However, the government have allowed some reprieve to drivers. They have now exempted drivers from the following rules, providing they have a clear view of approaching traffic and that it is safe to pass the cyclist:
Drivers do not despair, there has also been an increase in fines for cyclists. There has been a large increase on previous fines which where uniform at $71. The fines vary, depending on the offence:
Further, a very controversial law for cyclist, which has received much criticism is that from 1 March 2017 all cyclist will be fined $106 if they do not have photo ID on them when stopped for breaking road rule. This rule will bring with it many issues, which I am sure will come to the fore once it comes into effect.