Do you know the answer? PHOTO: Department of Transport and Main Roads
Do you know the answer? PHOTO: Department of Transport and Main Roads

'Death waiting to happen': Law on trucks passing cyclists

IT'S AN age-old battle that never seems to go away - trucks versus cyclists.

But the Department of Transport and Main Roads Facebook page brought the warring motorists into the spotlight recently when they posted a picture of a truck preparing to pass a cyclist in a 70km/hr zone.

The post read: "What's the minimum passing distance the truck driver should leave between their vehicle and the bike rider?"

The answer, was 1.5 metres was the minimum if the speed limit is more than 60km/hr.

The department said the rule applied regardless of the line markings and if it "isn't safe to pass a bike rider, wait until it is. Let's help get everyone home safe and sound".

While most people knew the answer, many believed cyclists shouldn't be able to use the roads at all.

One commenter wrote the law would be fine if there were "roads that gave you the room to do this, instead of causing near misses".

"I'm all good with sharing the road with anyone but it would be good if the government supplied roads that weren't goat tracks."

Another said that cyclists shouldn't be on roads that exceed speed limits of 80km/hr.

"Death waiting to happen."

But one smart commenter asked why cyclists weren't required to wear hi-vis riding apparel.

"Happy to give them the required room, as it is all about self-preservation, but here is another suggestion for you, why are cyclist not required to hi vis riding apparel and have lights on their bikes working at all times they are on the road?" he asked.

"You go through any roadworks, where there are vehicles moving slower than traffic and all people are required to wear hi vis, motorbike riders are required by law to have a forward facing light on whenever they are on the road, day or night, for visibility, yet motorbikes are bigger than pushbikes and able to travel at same speed as traffic around them."

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