Riders OK to squeeze past

NSW motorcyclists will be the first in the country to be able to ride between cars as part of new measures to improve road safety.

The state government held a successful trial in Sydney’s CBD last year allowing motorcyclists to be exempt from existing lane filtering laws in an attempt to ease road congestion and measure potential safety issues for other road users.

The new law, effective from July 1, will permit fully licensed motorcyclists to filter past stationary vehicles at intersections when it is safe to do so — but not in school zones during hours of operation and only when ridding slower than 30km/h.

Hornsby MP Matt Kean said the decision solved key issues for motorcyclists while maintaining road safety for other road users.

‘‘The new rule changes will give us the opportunity to communicate with riders so they better understand the risks involved with lane filtering and educate them on safe filtering practice,’’ he said.

‘‘Motorists attempting to ‘lane filter’ at speeds over 30km/h will be committing an offence and will be fined for dangerous driving.’’

Mr Kean said the new reforms were a result of close consultation with the NSW Motorcycle Alliance, the Motorcycle Council of NSW and the NSW Police Force.

“We listened and fixed the problems,’’ he said.

Filtering must be performed with caution.

Unsafe situations are riding at high speeds between moving traffic, around schools or on multi-lane roads where there may be an increase in pedestrian activity, especially by children.

The legal filtering applies only to full licence holders, not provisional riders.

It may reduce the risk of inexperienced riders having accidents associated with inadequate gap selection or awareness of pedestrians or other road users while filtering.

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