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by Neal Rogers
June 30, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Richie Porte extends with BMC Racing Team beyond 2017; Dario Cataldo renews with Astana through 2019; Twelve national champions to start Tour de France in Düsseldorf; Upon reanalysis of 2012 sample, UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal imposes four-year ban on Jure Kocjan for EPO use; UCI adds three events to 2018 Women’s WorldTour calendar; Kazakhstan junior Dana Akhmetova dies after losing consciousness in Youth Sports Games; Yorkshire host towns revealed for 2019 UCI Road World Championships; Androni Giocattoli renews sponsorship for 2018; Trek puts up funds for equal prize money at Waterloo cyclocross World Cup event; Cyclists using mobile phones in Victoria to face $476 fine.
Starting July 1, Victorian cyclists caught using their mobile phones will need to pay an on-the-spot fine, The Age reported.
Victorian police will begin issuing a $476 penalty to any cyclist found using a handheld phone while riding, bringing the penalty in line with the existing fine for drivers of motor vehicles. Under the new rule, police will no longer have to charge riders and take them to court.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the fine would stop a “dangerous and potentially deadly practice.”
“Whether you’re driving a car or riding a bike – you shouldn’t be on your phone – so we’re giving police the power to issue an on-the-spot fine when they catch riders doing the wrong thing,” he said. “We hope that by bringing this fine into line with the penalty for car drivers, we’ll stop the dangerous and potentially deadly practice of cyclists using their phones while riding.”
Unless parked, riders will be fined for using their mobile phones, even while stationary. Exemptions will apply if the phone is secured in a mounting affixed to the bicycle, not held by the rider, or is being used to perform a navigational or intelligent highway vehicle system function.
To read more, click through to TheAge.com.au.