#MetreMatters passed, then blocked

The long-running saga of Minimum Passing Distance Laws in Victoria continues, after an eventful day in State Parliament on 10 May.

Following a well-attended morning rally in support of cyclist safety, Greens MP Samantha Dunn’s MPDL bill was tabled in the Legislative Council. The bill passed by 21 votes to 17, with the Greens, Coalition and Sex Party voting for and Labor and S&F party opposed.

By day’s end, the bill was put to the vote in the Legislative Assembly, with the Labor government and Independent MP Don Nardella used their majority to scuttle it. The Labor government has proposed an education campaign instead of a mandatory passing distance, with plans in place for a year-long public education campaign drawing attention to the rights of cyclists on the road. The Andrews Government’s stance is based on a belief that the law will be difficult to enforce.

Victoria is currently the only Australian state or territory without Minimum Passing Distance Laws in place or under trial.