Saving Lives Together

Safe Passing Distance

A driver of a motor vehicle must pass a bicycle travelling in the same direction at a safe distance, being: 
  • 1 metre on roads where the posted speed limit is 60 km/h or less.
  • 1.5 metres on roads where the posted speed limit is more than 60km/h.
The safe passing distance law allows drivers to cross centre line markings, including single and double continuous white lines and painted islands, to give the correct amount of space to the cyclist, but only when it is safe to do so, and when the driver has a clear view of oncoming traffic.

The penalty for contravening this law is $400 and 4 demerit points.

The minimum passing distances laws do not apply to cyclists passing vehicles. 

Cyclists need to adhere to Part 15 of the Traffic Code 2000.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community.
We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

The Road Safety Commission is a portfolio within WA Police Force. It reports to the Minister for Road Safety, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA.