Irish drivers will soon have to obey a minimum passing distance when overtaking cyclists.

In a victory for cyclists in Ireland, a new law is to be introduced which will require drivers to allow one metre of space when passing cyclists on roads with a speed limit of under 50 km/h and 1.5 metres on roads with a limit of 50km/h or above.

The news is most welcome as cycling fatalities are at an all-time high, in 2017 the number of cyclists killed on the roads increased by 50% from 2016. Minister for Transport Shane Ross made a statement saying, “Clearly this is an intolerable situation which has to change. Every life lost on our roads is a tragedy and as Minister for Transport, I am committed to doing everything within my power to prevent preventable road deaths. We need more cyclists, we need less cars. If we make the roads a safer place there are likely to be more people getting out of their cars”.

But already there are concerns among the cycling community of the issue of enforcing a law like this. We will just have to wait and see. The regulations will be introduced once the legislation is approved by the Office of the Attorney General.

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By Orla O'Muiri

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