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Default New minimum gap rule helping cyclists on NSW roads

NSW motorists will have to leave minimum gaps when passing cyclists or
face fines and loss of demerit points following a successful two-year trial.

This month the Minimum Passing Distance rule was retained as a permanent
NSW road rule after an evaluation of the trial.

The rule requires drivers passing a cyclist travelling in the same
direction to leave a minimum gap one metre between the car and bike when
the speed limit is 60km/h or less.

That distance bumps up to 1.5 metres when it is higher than 60km/h.

An independent review of the two-year trial estimated a 15 per cent
reduction in bicycle-to-vehicle crashes, Minister for Roads Melinda
Pavey said on Wednesday.

Drivers who break the law face a penalty of $330 and two demerit points.

http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-...08e2bde24802e1
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