Safe Passing Distance

Bicycle riders are some of our most vulnerable road users, as they have less protection than motorists and are more likely to be injured if there is a crash.

A driver of a motor vehicle must pass a bicycle travelling in the same direction at a safe distance, being: 
  • 1 metre on roads where the posted speed limit is 60 km/h or less.
  • 1.5 metres on roads where the posted speed limit is more than 60km/h.

The safe passing distance law allows drivers to cross centre line markings, including single and double continuous white lines and painted islands, to give the correct amount of space to the cyclist, but only when it is safe to do so, and when the driver has a clear view of oncoming traffic.

The penalty for contravening this law is $400 and 4 demerit points.

The minimum passing distances laws do not apply to cyclists passing vehicles. 

Cyclists need to adhere to Part 15 of the Traffic Code 2000.