New Cyclists laws in NSW

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New Cyclists laws in NSW

Postby allde » Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:06 pm

How long until Victoria introduces something similar?

Adult cyclists will be required to carry photo identification and fined 350 per cent more for not wearing a helmet under new rules and penalties to be introduced by the NSW government.
Drivers will also be required to leave a one-metre buffer when overtaking cyclists, and at least 1.5 metres when travelling faster than 60km/h, or face losing two demerit points and a $319 fine.

Roads Minister Duncan Gay unveiled the cycling package on Monday. The reforms will start in March 2016.

"We hope this is the right way to do it, but if we need to do more we will, if we need to wind it back we will," Mr Gay said.
Mr Gay stopped short of introducing a licensing system for cyclists, a proposal the minister last year said he was "increasingly persuaded" by.
Instead, it will be compulsory for adult riders to carry photo identification so they can be identified if they break the road rules or in an emergency situation.
"We needed some way of identification and enforcement ... suggestions including licences and registration were rejected by the committee," Mr Gay said.
"In the end we came to a consensus. That is better than being at war when going ahead."
There will be a grace period of 12 months for cyclists caught without photo identifications. However, a penalty of $106 will be introduced from March 2017 – the same as applies to drivers caught without a licence.
Penalties will increase dramatically for cyclists caught breaking road rules. While most offences currently attract a $71 fine, cyclists caught riding without a helmet will be a slugged $319.
Running a red light will incur a $425 fine, riding dangerously a $425 fine, holding onto a moving vehicle a fine of $319 and not stopping at a pedestrian crossing a fine of $425.
The introduction of a compulsory minimum distance of one metre for drivers has already been trialled in Queensland, Canberra and South Australia.
The government is also introducing a "new safety advisory recommendation" for riders to leave a gap of one metre, where practical, when passing pedestrians on a shared path.
Greens transport spokeswoman Dr Mehreen Faruqi supported the new passing distance laws, but said the fines and compulsory identification were "regressive and punitive measures".
Dr Faruqi said it was "ridiculous" that the new $319 fine for not wearing a helmet was almost double the fine for driving in a bike lane and the mandatory identification rule would discourage bike riding.
"What will actually make riders safer is installing good cycling infrastructure. Sadly, but not surprisingly, it doesn't seem the government has any interest in the evidence," Dr Faruqi said.
Bicycle NSW chief executive Ray Rice said he was pleased with the package of changes, particularly the introduction of the minimum passing distance.
The increased fines and requirement for identification, Mr Rice said, would not have a huge affect on cyclists as 90 per cent already carried identification and 70 per cent already wore helmets.
"We don't think it's necessary and therefore why legislate for something that people are already doing ... most riders obey the law already," Mr Rice said. ... picks=true

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Re: New Cyclists laws in NSW

Postby busdriver » Tue Dec 22, 2015 1:51 am

The requirement for a cyclist to carry Identification while riding seems a bit discriminatory to me, considering that in some states your not required to carry your drivers licence with you while driving unless your a heavy vehicle.

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Re: New Cyclists laws in NSW

Postby Hardy » Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:18 am

It is a political solution to appease Steve Price and all the other nongs who are asking for bicycle registration. It won't actually change anything. The police can already ask cyclists who commit offences to state their name and address and produce their ID so it does not add to what they can already do. The only reason they want you to carry ID is to make it easier to issue infringement notices to you, or to make it easier to identify the body in case you get run over by Sam Newman or Rex Hunt. If you have never been stopped by the police and issued an infringement notice for a cycling offence then you probably have little reason to worry about a law that requires you to carry ID. Those cyclists who ride through red lights and all over the road and footpath as if they have no brakes, and with no helmet or lights, are not going to give a rats about a law that requires them to carry ID.

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Re: New Cyclists laws in NSW

Postby Gravy » Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:34 pm

I witness far more pedestrians cross the road illegally than I see cyclists breaking road rules down my neck of the woods. Therefore pedestrians should carry identification so they can be issued with infringement notices, etc.

Come to think of it, al fresco patrons at cafes are often guilty of littering by way of serviettes and spent sugar sachets. I reckon café patrons should be forced to carry ID as well (unless dining inside, of course. That'd be going too far).


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