Permanent gap rule to help NSW cyclists

Rachel Gray

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

The permanent rule requires drivers passing a cyclist travelling in the same direction to do so at a minimum distance of one metre when the speed limit is 60km/h or less and 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.