New Cycling Laws Queensland
The Queensland Governments have recently introduced new laws and rules that are designed to protect road users and recognise the vulnerability of cyclists on our roads.
The new laws set a minimum passing distance for cyclists and equal fines for cyclists passing motorists.
What are the new laws?
By law motorists must now give:
A minimum of 1 metre when passing cyclists in a 60km/h or less speed zone.
A minimum of 1.5 metres where the speed limit is over 60km/h.
Motorists will be allowed to cross centre lines, including double unbroken centre lines, straddle lane-lines or drive on painted islands to pass cyclists provided the driver has a clear view of any approaching traffic and it is safe to do so.
This minimum passing distance will be trialled for two years in the hope that motorists become more aware of cyclists on Queensland roads.
What is the penalty for this offence?
Penalties for breaching this new rule include 3 demerit points and an infringement penalty of $330, with a maximum fine of $4400.
Fines for cyclists.
In conjunction with these rules, laws are also imposed on cyclists who will pay fines equal to motorists if these rules are broken.
Cyclists who follow the road rules will not be affected by these changes. For more information on the full list of offences and fine amounts visit the Queensland Government website:
Queensland Traffic Lawyers
(07) 5532 3133
Gold Coast Office
44 Davenport St
1/420 George St