New Law on Passing Cyclists may be Unnecessary
The Attorney General rejected the minimum passing distances from cyclist as it couldn’t be measured or enforced. Difficulties arose with where the measurements would take place from. Would measurements take place between the cyclists elbow, the handlebars or cycle pedal and car or wing mirror. It appears the new law to combat dangerous overtaking of cyclists may not be necessary as this was covered by the 1933 Road Traffic Act which outlines:
Section 50 Careless Driving states: Every person who drives a vehicle in a public place without exercising reasonable consideration for persons, vehicles, and other traffic using such place shall be guilty of an offence liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding ten pounds (€11).
Section 51 Dangerous Driving states: Every person who drives a vehicle in a public place at a speed or in a manner which, having regard to all the circumstances of the case (including the nature, condition, and use of such place and the amount of traffic which then actually is or might reasonably be expected then to be in such place), is dangerous to the public shall be guilty of an offence under this section. The penalties include fines and imprisonment.
How will the Minister for Transport improve on the 1933 Road Traffic Act as Amended?