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by Matt de Neef
November 21, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Richie Porte to be BMC’s sole leader for the 2017 Tour de France; Philippe Gilbert ordered to repay 300,000 Euros to Omega Pharma-Lotto; Koksijde CX World Cup cancelled due to dangerous winds; Miles Scotston signs with BMC; Brazilian Pro Continental team suspended after three positive tests; Mikel Landa to again focus on the Giro in 2017; Peter Sagan hasn’t ruled out MTBing in 2017; Man charged after injuring cyclist in West Melbourne hit-and-run; $1.3 million in fines for NSW cyclists since new laws introduced in March; When the supertuck goes wrong; Huge crowds at the Tour du Rwanda.
It’s been less than nine months since harsher penalties for cyclists were introduced in New South Wales and in that time riders have been fined a total of more than $1.33 million.
According to stats from the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, more than $1 million of the $1.3 million comes from cyclists who failed to wear helmets, an offence which now carries a $319 fine, compared with the $79 fine that was in place prior to March 1. More than $200,000 was collected from cyclists for riding dangerously, while nearly $90,000 came from those who ran red lights. The penalties for both offences jumped from $71 to $425 in March.
Meanwhile, just 15 drivers have been pinged for breaching new minimum overtaking distance laws, for a total of less than $5,000.
While the amount of money collected from cyclists has soared, it would appear that a similar number of infringement notices for those not wearing helmets has been handed out, in comparison to last year. NSW road minister Duncan Gay said the government wasn’t out to get cyclists.
“It is simple: we don’t want cyclists’ money,” Gay said. “That is not why we increased fines for high-risk and downright stupid behaviour. These changes are about improving safety. I don’t want to see another dollar in fine revenue but I do hope to see a reduction in cyclist injuries.”
Click through to read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.