Minimum Overtaking Distance: AGF position, rationale and the evidence
The Amy Gillett Foundation (AGF) is working towards amending the road rules across Australia to introduce a specified minimum overtaking distance when drivers pass bicycle riders.
Central to this purpose is our current push to change the road rules so that drivers would be legally required to allow a minimum overtaking distance when passing bicycle riders – a metre matters.
The Foundation has been working with key stakeholders across Australia to provide submissions, policy papers and research documents on many aspects of minimum overtaking laws, both the conceptual aspect in Australia and also the existing laws overseas.
The report AMM Rationale – Web 24 Nov 2015 draws together all these documents and provides an up-to-date reference document on every aspect of the minimum overtaking distance debate.
The a metre matters campaign is the longest running AGF campaign, launched in November 2009 by the then Federal Minister for Transport, the Honourable Anthony Albanese MP, on the steps of New Parliament House.
From 2009 to 2012, the focus of the campaign was on education and awareness, however, in early 2013 this shifted. The court finding following the death of Richard Pollett was the catalyst for us to extend our campaign and take direct action to push for legislative change.
We encourage you to read the report, distribute it wherever you feel it should be sent and let your local political representatives know that you believe a metre matters. Show your support and send them a pre-formatted email detailing while change is needed now.