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Australia Gets Tough New Cyclists Laws

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australian-flagIn response to increased cycling among its population, Australia has introduced tough new measures for cyclists that kill or seriously injure pedestrians.

Australian road minister Tim Pallas said “Cycling is becoming a legitimate form of transport. But with (that) comes increased responsibility.  This Government will come down hard on bad behavior because there is a real consequence.

Hard is right.  A cyclist that has demonstrated dangerous, careless or reckless behavior (that has presumably caused physical harm) may now get up to 5 years in jail or a $68,000 fine.  Ouch!  Full story here here video, or hit ‘more’ to see the full list of penalties…

  • 284 or seven days’ prison if property is damaged by a cyclist and the rider does not immediately stop and offer assistance
  • $13,610 or prison for 12 months, or both, for dangerous riding
  • $681 for careless riding
  • $68,052 or five years in prison if a person is killed or seriously injured by a cyclist and the rider does not immediately stop and offer assistance

Under previous bicycle laws, cyclists could only be fined up to $567 for riding in a dangerous, careless or reckless manner.

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NRM
NRM
13 years ago

Not familiar with Oz traffic laws, but some of this seems fishy. I question whether this simply brings parity to the level of responsibility, or whether this is just another case of two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

John
13 years ago

As a cycist who was unable to walk due to a hit and run driver in the USA, I feel like this law is a load of UNFILTERED horse manure. I seriously question whether 2 people killed in a decade by cyclists warrants a law to be enacted. How many cyclists every year are injured, maimed, or killed by motorists, however? Are those motorists dealt with as harshly. Obviously not, according to your laws:

” Maximum Penalty for negligent Driving causing death: The maximum pentalty for the offece of dangerous driving causing death is a fine of $3300 or imprisonment for 18 months or both, for first offence, or a fine of $5500 or imprisonment for 2 years or both for second or subsequent offence.

SOURCE: http://www.armstronglegal.com.au/web/page/Negligent_Driving_Occasioning_Death

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