A Long Distance Relationship

Written by Michelle Lowden


The minimum gap rule helping cyclists on NSW roads

As of May 2018, NSW motorists will have to leave minimum gaps when passing cyclists or face fines and loss of demerit points following a successful two-year trial.

The rule requires drivers passing a cyclist travelling in the same direction to leave a minimum gap of one metre between the car and bike when the speed limit is 60km/h or less.

That distance bumps up to 1.5 metres when it is higher than 60km/h. Drivers who break the law face a penalty of $330 and two demerit points.

Sometimes these rules can seem unreasonable to some, but they are to bring safety to our roads. Cyclists have less protection than cars and are more vulnerable. We need to look out for our people and make sure they are safe and protected. 

 

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