Road sharing rules introduced in Queensland as a trial are now here to stay
Motorists passing a bicycle rider travelling in the same direction must stay wider of the rider by giving a minimum of:
- At least 1 metre when passing bicycle riders in a 60km/h or less speed zone;
- At least 1.5 metres where the speed limit is over 60km/h.
The minimum passing distance applies even if the bicycle rider is riding around an obstacle.
The road sharing rules apply to all motor vehicles, including:
- Heavy vehicles; and
- Public transport vehicles.
To pass bicycle riders, provided the motorist has a clear view of any approaching traffic and it is safe to do so, motorists can:
- Cross centre lines;
- Cross double unbroken centre lines;
- Cross straddle-lane lines; and
- Drive on painted islands.
As a driver, you will get 3 demerit points and a $365 fine if you do not give the minimum distance when you pass a bicycle rider.
If something has happened on the road, contact a Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers – White Jordin Lawyers for a free, no obligation legal check on 07 3211 8644.