Greens NSW MP and Transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi has criticised the NSW government’s latest attacks on cyclists through the announcement of compulsory identification and higher fines for riding without a helmet, though welcomed the introduction of metre-passing laws.
Dr Faruqi said:
“Metre-passing laws are long overdue and the Greens look forward to their implementation.
“However, the NSW government has continued its hostility to cyclists with the announcement of exorbitant fines for cyclists not wearing helmets, and compulsory identification.
“It’s ridiculous that the new $319 fine for not wearing a helmet is almost double the fine for driving in a bike lane, which is $177.
“There’s no evidence at all that these regressive and punitive measures will improve safety for cyclists or motorists.
“What will actually make riders safer is installing good cycling infrastructure. Sadly, but not surprisingly, it doesn’t seem the government has any interest in the evidence.
“Forcing cyclists to carry ID will actually discourage people from cycling at all.
“We will all benefit from a bike-friendly NSW, but the state government is going out of its way to make life harder and more dangerous for cyclists,” she said.
More information: Centre for Road Safety’s ‘Go Together’ campaign http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/go-together/index.html