Cyclists vs motorists: RACQ says fines not the answer

The RACQ fears new cyclist rules will ignite the debate between motorists and cyclists.
The RACQ fears new cyclist rules will ignite the debate between motorists and cyclists. Trevor Veale

THE State's premier motoring group fears the new plans to make cycling safer on Queensland roads may "ignite" the divide between cyclists and motorists.

The RACQ is also not happy with the harsh penalties, up to $4400, the Transport, Local Government and Housing Committee has recommended for motorists who do not give cyclists a minimum of a metre clearance when passing.

RACQ spokesman Steve Spalding suggested this policy could put lives at risk.

"There is a risk of behaviours where motorists will not make good judgments," Mr Spalding said.

While the RACQ has welcomed a government investigation into improving cycling safety on the road, the committee's key recommendations missed the mark.

"Our main concern is we believe the best approach to improving courtesy and road sharing is built around a good education campaign," Mr Spalding said.

"We think there is a need to improve the behaviour and thinking on how roads are shared.

"But we think harsh penalties are inferior approach as to spending the right amount of resources to changing road user behaviour."

Suncoast Cabs general manager John Lobwein also expressed concern at the new rules, which also recommend laws are changed to allow cyclists to "enter and exit roundabouts from the centre of the lane".

Mr Lobwein said this could easily put cyclists at risk.

"I would like to think whoever has come up with these ideas has the experience to know they will work," he said.

Should motorists be fined for driving too close to cyclists?

This poll ended on 15 March 2014.

Current Results

Yes, it's about cyclist safety and drivers should respect that or pay a fine


No, sometimes motorists have no choice but to be within one metre of cyclists


No, cyclists will just use it to their advantage and ride two or three abreast


I'm not sure


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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