Jesse Norman, Transport Minister, is to announce today that other forces will be trained to deal with the problem of drivers leaving safe distances when overtaking cyclists.
This initiative follows a Government review into cycling and it will also see learner drivers being given additional tuition so that they are able to overtake cyclists safely.
New Rules Explained
- Motorists who do not give cyclists a minimum of 1.5metres space could face a range of penalties, namely fines of £100 and three penalty points on their licence
- The rules are intended to encourage more individuals to use bikes, reduce accidents - in our view, it will also help improve general fitness of many people who may drive short distances when they could cycle instead
- Both learner drivers and police forces will benefit from training
In Manchester at a cycling conference today, 29th June 2018, Mr Norman will say;
"The benefits of cycling and walking are enormous.
"We shouldn't only concentrate on catching and punishing drivers when they make a mistake but try to ensure that they have the skills and knowledge to drive safely alongside cyclists in all conditions."
The Highway Code does not at present state a definitive minimum distance between cars and bikes - it just instructs drivers to give cyclists '"plenty of room'".
The Department for Transport is hoping the new rules will urge more people to use bikes for shorter journeys, in turn, reducing the number of accidents.
West Midlands and Cambridgeshire police are two of the forces that have already began to issue £100 fines and three penalty points for drivers that don't allow less than 1.5m from bikes when overtaking.
Numerous other countries have introduced distances with gaps of a minimum of 1 metre on local roads and 1.5m on faster roads.
All Vehicle Contracts Ltd Published: Jun 29 2018