NSW cyclists to face high fines if caught without a helmet

Mia Steiber 18 January 2016

cycling news genericForgetting your helmet is about to cost a whole lot more.

The no-helmet penalty for cyclists in NSW currently sits at $71 but is set to rise to $319 per offence from 1 March 216. Which is an increase of 349%.

This means that the annual revenue from helmet fines will increase from $335,000 to $1.5 million at the current number of fines issued.

The increase is part of a larger crack down on cyclist and road safety. From 1 March 2016, the penalty for running a red light will rise from $71 to $425. Cyclists will also be required to carry proof of identity when riding or face a fine of $106.

The changes affect motorists too. Drivers will need to give cyclists at least a metre gap when overtaking or one and half metres if they are travelling at speeds higher than 60 km/h.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore expressed concerns that the new fines may discourage some from cycling to work

However, NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay believes that these measures are just about changing behaviour towards road safety. He said: "With cycling injuries remaining high in NSW, I had no choice but to look at tougher deterrents and increased enforcement to improve safety for cyclists and other road users. I hope I don't see another dollar in fine revenue but I do hope to see a reduction in cyclist injuries."

These new measures and fines come into play on 1 March 2016. Any cyclists wanting to avoid these fines should kit up with a helmet and ID carry case as soon as possible.

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