Might be a mate, must be a metre

The Road Safety Commission has welcomed the introduction of new regulations for the minimum distance a driver must give when passing a cyclist.

27 Oct 2017
The Road Safety Commission has welcomed the introduction of new regulations for the minimum distance a driver must give when passing a cyclist.
 
Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron said the new laws that come into force on 30 November will provide clear guidance for drivers on WA roads.
 
“Following our Might be a Mate and Could be Cometti campaigns earlier this year, we found that 90% of drivers are already aware that at least one metre is needed to pass a cyclist,” said Mr Cameron.
 
“However, the minimum passing distance regulations provide clear direction for motorists on how much space is needed to protect cyclists on WA roads.”
 
So far in 2017, seven cyclists have died on WA roads, four more than the number of cyclists who lost their lives in 2016.
 
The new laws state that drivers passing a bicycle travelling in the same direction on a road must do so at a minimum distance of:
  • 1 metre on a road with a posted speed limit not more than 60 km/h; or
  • 1.5 metres on a road with a posted speed limit of more than 60 km/h.

The minimum passing distance is measured from the furthest point on the left of the driver’s vehicle to the furthest point to the right of the cyclist’s bicycle.
 
“The laws enable drivers to cross centre lane marking including double or continuous white lines to give the cyclist the appropriate space, but only if it is safe to do so,” said Mr Cameron.
Drivers to cross centre lane marking including double or continuous white lines to give the cyclist the appropriate space.
‘The West Australian community will be well prepared for the new laws with a public education campaign on television, radio, billboards and digital platforms from 5 November.”