Thursday, December 20, 2012

Cycling Bicycle Victoria 'It’s only fair that all vehicle users are treated equally' Leader


“It’s only fair that all vehicle users are treated equally”

Gary Brennan, Bicycle Victoria


(Road law-breakers risk going to jail)
Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009


http://mordialloc-chelsea-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/road-law-breakers-risk-going-to-jail/

http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/cycling-identification-bicycle-vehicles.html


“You can’t expect not to be subject to the law
if you want to be treated equally”


Klaus Mueller, President, CycleSport Victoria

(Road law-breakers risk going to jail)
Mordialloc Chelsea Leader May 18th 2009


http://mordialloc-chelsea-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/road-law-breakers-risk-going-to-jail/


http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/cycling-identification-bicycle-vehicles.html

Road law-breakers risk going to jail

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JAIL terms for rogue cyclists look set to be introduced after passing through Victoria’s Lower House.
Under the proposed laws cyclists face the same penalties as motorists if they fail to stop after an accident or are guilty of careless or dangerous riding.
The move comes almost three years after the death of Mentone pedestrian James Gould, who was fatally hit by cyclist William Raisin-Shaw.
Raisin-Shaw was fined $400 for not stopping at a red light, sparking community outrage.
Mordialloc state Labor MP Janice Munt told Parliament while most cyclists were responsible, the tragedy highlighted the need for stricter penalties.
“If cyclists do the wrong thing, they should be punished,” Ms Munt said.
“They should be treated in exactly the same way as motorists are treated.”
Under the proposed laws, a cyclist who fails to stop after fatally hitting or seriously injuring someone could be jailed for up five years.
A cyclist convicted of dangerous riding faces 12 months’ jail, a $13,610 fine or both.
CycleSport Victoria president Klaus Mueller said he supported the laws provided motorists and cyclists were treated equally.
“I have always said to the cycling community ‘you can’t expect not to be subject to the law if you want to be treated equally’,” Mr Mueller said.
The governing body also imposed its own penalties by withdrawing the racing licence of cycling hoons, he said.
Bicycle Victoria spokesman Garry Brennan said the group accepted the law had to change.
“It’s only fair that all vehicle users are treated equally,” Mr Brennan said.
Mentone road safety advocate Pete Dowe said the laws could deter speeding cyclists from putting pedestrians at risk and individual riders should be held to account even if travelling in a pack. “I do have enforcement concerns in relation to identifying offending cyclists,” he said.

http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2010/06/route-33-aka-no-stopping-zones-typical.html

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