Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cyclists and TAC Third Party Insurance

Examine the Facts

Shaun Reynolds of Carnegie (Sense on Cyclists Opinion June 30) refers to compulsory third party insurance for cyclists as a silly idea. 


Hundreds more cyclists in Victoria are being hurt each year.

Transport Accident Commission data shows that in 2003, 3.6 per cent of approved claims for taxpayer assistance for medical bills came from cyclists.

But in 2007 cyclists made up 5.4 per cent of approved claims.

A Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) study of injured cyclists between                1999 and 2008 found that collisions with parked cars, or other stationary objects such as bollards,               made up just 5 per cent of hospital admissions,

but a third of admissions were from bicycle falls.

Bicycle Victoria says on its website that cyclists should perhaps receive a tax rebate “for every day we ride because we are less of a burden on the health system and the public purse”


Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate

Moorabbin Kingston Leader July 21st 2010

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