Don’t wait for the law to give us a safer road for all

Don’t wait for the law to give us a safer road for all

Shane Ross’s bid to impose a legal minimum passing distance for overtaking cyclists has been shot down, but we should still reinforce its message

The last of the New Year fireworks had barely fizzled out before we heard that the same thing was happening to Shane Ross’s Road Traffic (Minimum Passing Distance of Cyclists) Bill 2017. By way of reminder, the intention was to impose a legal minimum passing distance for drivers overtaking cyclists. It was proposed that, for zones with a speed limit of 50km/h or less, the minimum passing distance would be one metre, increasing to 1.5 metres on sections of road with a higher speed limit.

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