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Question Without Notice No. 726 asked in the Legislative Council on 31 October 2017 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 31 October 2017

ROAD SAFETY — CYCLISTS — MINIMUM SAFE PASSING DISTANCE — TRIAL
      726. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Road Safety:
I refer to the government's recent announcement that it will conduct a two-year trial of minimum safe passing distance rules.
      (1) Has a pre-trial study been undertaken to provide a benchmark against which the trial can be measured with regard to rider safety and uptake of cycling?
(2) If no to (1), why not and how will the success of the trial be assessed?
(3) If yes to (1), when will the results of the study be published?
(4) How will the Road Safety Commission ensure the effective enforcement of the new rules?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
(1) No.
      (2) The success of the trial will be assessed against existing data, awareness of the rules and the experience of other states.
(3) Not applicable.
(4) The Western Australia Police Force will enforce the new rule.