Kerry Cycling Campaign welcomes new law on dangerous overtaking of cyclists

A Kerry campaign group is welcoming a new law combating dangerous overtaking of cyclists.

Dangerous overtaking is already an offence carrying an €80 fine and three penalty points, but this new regulation is specific to cyclists and is expected to carry a higher fine; it’ll come into effect next month.

Keith Phelan of the Kerry Cycling Campaign says the increased fine is welcome news, but feels the 1.5 metre minimum passing distance for drivers overtaking cyclists should be made law.

Earlier this year, a proposed law was scrapped after the Attorney General raised concerns about enforcing it, because of the difficulty in measuring the distance for prosecuting motorists.

Keith Phelan says a minimum passing distance is already law in other countries, and he doesn’t accept the Attorney General’s reasons for not making it law here.