AMM update – success in WA, and progress in Victoria – so close but no prize yet
Western Australia has joined the majority of Australian States and Territories to take positive steps to make cycling safer, with the new Western Australian Government confirming its commitment to a trial of a metre matters (minimum passing distance) laws.
We have been working closely with our friends at Westcycle to achieve this excellent outcome and congratulate and thank them for their efforts.
As previously reported, in March this year the Victorian Government announced a year-long education campaign on recommended minimum passing distances but decided not to take the next steps of trialing or making a metre matters laws permanent at this time.
Earlier this month, the Victorian a metre matters laws got a momentary renewed lease of life, with the Road Safety Road Rules 2009 (Overtaking Bicycles) Bill 2015 brought on for debate by the Greens and passed by the Victorian Legislative Council on 10 May, only to be voted down by the Government in the Assembly later that day.
Naturally, we welcomed the support given by the Coalition for this important Bill in the upper house of the Victorian parliament. This confirmed the wide support for safer cycling laws that follows both last year’s Parliamentary Inquiry, which recommended this become law in Victoria, as well as community attitudes research we commissioned showing Victorians are overwhelmingly in favour, with 9 out of 10 supporting the law.
Disappointingly, Victoria remains the only state in Australia that does not have a metre matters laws in place permanently, in trial or on pledge.
We continue our efforts to enshrine this important road safety law in Victoria. In the meantime, we are working with the Andrews Government and the Transport Accident Commission to ensure the education campaign is as effective as it can be in the absence of legislation, in pursuit of our goal of a safer cycling environment in Victoria.