Stillorgan, County Dublin
Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD, CEO of the Road Safety Authority Moya Murdock, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council Ossian Smyth and Chief Superintendent of an Garda Siochana Paul Cleary pictured beside new signage advising motorists of the 1.0m gap they must allow between overtaking cyclists, on the Intersection between Lower Kilmacud Road and Mount Anville Wood, Stillorgan, County Dublin.
Transport Minister Shane Ross (top) has introduced new dangerous overtaking laws which took effect at Midnight
The dangerous overtaking of cyclists will now incur a fixed charge fine of up to €120 and a minimum of three penalty points.
The new regulations state “a driver shall not overtake or attempt to overtake if to do so would endanger or cause inconvenience to a pedal cyclist.”
I BIKE Dublin Spokesperson Vanessa Sterry said:
“Our die-in in front of the office of the Garda Traffic Department last Friday was to highlight that current enforcement of existing legislation is completely insufficient to keep people who cycle safe from the minority of drivers who behave dangerously on the roads.
“I BIKE Dublin continues to call for the Gardaí to be equipped and staffed properly and to use evidence-based policing as has been proven to work in other jurisdictions. The West Midlands Police in the UK have pioneered online video portals to enable quick prosecution. New legislation to protect people who cycle is meaningless, without an announcement by Ministers Flanagan and Ross that the Gardaí will use international best practice.”
Friday: Die-In Another Day