Roads Minister Duncan Gay has announced the one metre passing rule (1.5 m over 60km/h) will come into force in March 2016.

The trade off is cyclists will face very large increases in fines for certain offences like not wearing helmets and running red lights, and will have to carry photo ID.

Reaction has been mixed, BNSW says it approves of the passing laws but wants a greater effort on improving infrastructure and driver education in return for the higher fines.

Bicycle Network on the other hand is very against the package, saying it is draconian and will lead to a drop in cyclist numbers. /

Qld, SA, ACT and Tasmania now have similar one metre passing laws. Figures from Qld say the number of killed and injured cyclists has fallen since the rule was introduced a year ago, despite very few motorists being fined for close passing. It seems the law changes behaviour even if it isn't enforced, maybe it allows motorists an "excuse" now for slowing down and waiting before passing. Before they were worried about holding up other motorists.

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yes well we all hope the meter matters is law and with any extra revenue it goes towards improving driver education and more cycleways   

as regards fining cyclists that could be hard to implement as they are more nimble than a police car 

oh well its a start 

And lets face it not all cyclists are considerate there are some real agro dudes out there 

Nice if the money did go to new cycleways but will probably just go into general revenue, help pay for Westconnex etc.

The agro dudes will probably remain agro, as chance of detection is small, although blitzes on cyclists will increase.

Seems to be more a Lauranorder vote catching exercise by the minister but also guaranteed to put new cyclists off, particularly the young adults. Predict a drop in cycling numbers.
Reports in the press have said cycling numbers have fallen slightly over the last couple of years, or have plateaued. Far cry from the Govts commitment back in 2010 to a target of doubling cycling. This commitment was recently abandoned, as being "impractical", and there is no new target.
Latest from BNSW.
Even the SMH is against the savage fines, pointing out that the Govt has given no justification for why these fines are needed or why education campaigns or actually improving conditions for cyclists might be a better way to go.

Then we saw a police officer push a cyclist off his bike in Park St, trying to "attract his attention", after the cyclist allegedly went through a red light. This sort of over-zealous policing might become more common once these new rules and fines come in.

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Latest is that Minister Gay has backflipped on the ID law, which was to come into effect in 2017. Cyclists won't have to carry compulsory ID. The law was never going to succeed, too hard to draft some people who know said, so was always just a vote catcher exercise.

Recent articles by Michael O'Reilly in the SMH have pointed out that revenue from fining cyclists has gone up significantly but very few motorists have been fined for close passing. I think there has been some improvement in passing though. Don't get quite so many "on purpose" close shaves. What's your experience?


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