A metre matters in NSW
Last week, CEO Phoebe Dunn met with senior NSW police and representatives from the NSW Centre for Road Safety to discuss policing of a metre matters laws in NSW, together with Bicycle NSW CEO Ray Rice and Cycling NSW CEO Phil Ayres.
The discussion was broad and covered agreements regarding the need for police campaigns targeting minimum overtaking distance laws (blitzes), better education on the laws, the reviewing of video evidence provided by cyclists for clear breaches of a metre matters laws, and other areas.
Agreements reached at the meeting include:
- Police will run compliance campaigns (blitzes) on a metre matters laws
- The need for increased and improved publicity on the new laws
- Police have agreed to give advanced warning of compliance campaigns targeting pedestrians and cyclists – just as they do with other road safety campaigns. This will be combined with education on bicycle safety and regulations
- Police have agreed to evaluate new technology to monitor compliance and to review video evidence of possible a metre matters offences
- Police have agreed to meet with representatives of cycling clubs to discuss bicycle safety and compliance issues
We are pleased with the constructive and productive nature of the meeting and will continue to work with the authorities on implementation of the a metre matters laws.