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Queensland launches video to explain new cycling road rules

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Queensland Government's new cycling road rules video. Cycle Traveller

The Queensland Government has released an ad on social media to spread the word about the new cycling laws that come into force on Monday.

The State Government will introduce two key changes to make cycling safer. The first is the introduction of mandatory safe passing distances for vehicles overtaking riders; while the second is increased fines for cyclists who break the law, such as running red lights.

The ad clearly describes the new rules and how they will impact road users. (Watch the video here).

Starting April 7, vehicles will need to maintain a minimum distance of one metre when passing a cyclist at speed limits up to 60km per hour. If driving faster than 60km per hour, the driver must leave a 1.5 metre space when overtaking the cyclist.

Importantly, drivers will be permitted to cross double lines – only when safe to do so – in order to overtake a cyclist.

Fines apply for breaking the rules and drivers will be held accountable in the event of an accident if they fail to pass safely. Drivers will lose three demerit points and cop a fine of $330 for breaking the new law, with a maximum fine of $4,400 is the matter is taken to court,

The new law is an attempt to curtail the rise in cycling-related fatalities on the road by making drivers accountable for their actions. It follows an incident in 2014 where a truck driver was acquitted of negligent driving after hitting and killing a cyclist. The driver's lawyer argued that the driver believed he was passing the cyclist at a safe distance.

The second change increases fines for cyclists to bring them into line with those for drivers in an attempt to prevent cyclists breaking the road rules.

For example, cyclists will be fined $330 for failing to stop at a red light, the same amount as a driver.

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How about cyclists having to give pedestrians 1 metre clearance on footpaths and shared tracks? What about fines for cyclists failing to adequately warn pedestrians they are approaching by ringing their bell. Also cyclists should pay registration so they are identifiable when they cause an accident and carry third party insurance to cover damage to property and injuries they cause.

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