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. /Bicyclenetwork.com.au
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.