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New minimum passing rules have now come into effect in NSW. Photo: Supplied
 
 

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Dom Tripolone | May, 14 2018 | 0 Comments

NSW motorists need to mind the gap.

New minimum passing distances for drivers overtaking cyclists have come into effect across NSW after a two-year trial.

The new rule requires that all vehicles leave a gap of at least one metre when overtaking at speeds up to 60km/h or 1.5 metres at speeds above 60km/h.

Motorists who are caught breaking the new laws will be slugged with a $330 fine and a loss of two demerit points.

The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety in Queensland assessed the effectiveness of the trial and found that bicycle and vehicle accidents reduced by 15 per cent as a result of the new passing rules.

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, supported the road rules change, citing the increase of safety to all road users where in NSW on average nine cyclists are killed and 1900 seriously injured every year.

“Cycling is an increasingly popular mode of transport and recreational activity, and this rule will help ensure the safety of all road users,” said Mrs Pavey.

A survey was conducted as part of the trial that found 69 per cent of motorists approved of the new rule.

As part of the new rule, motorists are allowed to cross broken and unbroken lines to overtake cyclists as long as there is a clear view of oncoming traffic.

Nearly all states have similar rules or are undertaking a trial of minimum passing rules with the exception of Victoria, which early in 2017 rejected a recommendation to introduce such rules.

 
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