Cyclist Laws Traffic NSW

From 1 March 2016, drivers who pass a bicycle rider must allow a distance of at least:

  • 1 metre when the speed limit is 60km/h or less; and
  • 1.5 metres when the speed limit is more than 60km/h.

As long as a driver has a clear view of any approaching traffic and it is safe to pass the bicycle rider, the driver will be exempt from the following road rules:

  • Keep to the left of the centre of the road (two-way road with no dividing line);
  • Keep to the left of the centre of a dividing line – broken and unbroken lines;
  • Keep off a dividing strip;
  • Keep off a painted island;
  • Driving within a single marked lane or line of traffic; and
  • Moving from one marked lane to another across a continuous line separating the lanes.

If drivers cannot pass a bicycle rider safely, they are required to slow down and wait until it is safe to pass the rider, leaving the minimum distance.

Drivers caught not allowing the minimum distance when passing a bicycle rider face a $319 fine and a penalty of two demerit points. It is important that all road users are aware of the new penalties.

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