A push for uniform a metre matters laws across the country

by / Friday, 13 May 2016 / Published in News item
PhoebeDunn

With a mission to achieve a safer cycling environment in Australia, we are leading the charge to achieve uniform a metre matters laws across the country.

The last few months have been particularly exciting with New South Wales commencing a two-year trial in March, Queensland making their laws permanent following a successful two-year trial in April, and in May a Federal Senate Committee recommending that the Model Road Rules mandate minimum overtaking distance laws.

Through all of this the Amy Gillett Foundation has been at the forefront, advocating for change, participating in inquiries, roundtables and hearings and engaging with stakeholders, governments and interest groups on a bipartisan basis.

The evaluation of the Queensland trial conducted by CARRS-Q shows that a metre matters laws work. This is the evidence that we have been waiting for and should provide the impetus for those who have not previously supported a metre matters laws to change their position.

It is particularly pleasing that key road safety interest groups such as the RACQ and the NRMA have come out in support of such laws.

There is momentum for change – in Victoria the Economy & Infrastructure Parliamentary Committee is conducting an inquiry into a metre matters laws, and the Western Australian government has signalled an interest in a trial.

Our friends Cycling Tasmania are keen to see the recommended minimum passing distances mandated, and we are confident that it won’t be long before the Northern Territory follows suit.

Thank you for your on-going support over the past year. The Amy Gillett Foundation could not have reached all these milestones without you.

However, there is still much work to be done, and we need your help to achieve our goals, including uniform a metre matters laws across Australia. I encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to continue the conversation.

Yours in safety,

Phoebe Dunn
Amy Gillett Foundation CEO

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