A new bill is set to be introduced which would see Irish motorists face an €80 fine and three penalty points on their licence if they are found to have driven too close to cyclists, according to a report in today’s Irish Independent.
The Road Traffic (Minimum Passing Distance of Cyclists) Bill 2017, is being published today by Fine Gael TDs Ciarán Cannon and Regina Doherty, the Government chief whip.
The planned law would see an initial fine of €80 and three penalty points which would rise to €1,500 and five penalty points if the case goes to court and results in a conviction.
The passing distance would be set at 1.5 metres on roads with speed limits above 50 kilometres per hour and a passing distance of 1 metre on roads with lower speed limits.
According to the report, Cannon and Doherty are seeking the support of Transport Minister Shane Ross and the transport spokespersons of other political parties for the law which they want to see passed before the Dáil’s summer recess.
The proposed law comes after some tireless work by Phil Skelton and the Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 campaign. The campaign has been pursuing the adoption of a law that requires motorists to give cyclists 1.5 metres clearance when passing from the rear.
The campaign has seen support from the likes of Cycling Ireland President Ciaran McKenna, Matt Brammeier, Stephen Roche and Sean Kelly. The group have also produced a number of videos promoting cycling safety including the video below.