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Scott recently spoke in parliament about cycling laws

The news that the LNP’s lifesaving minimum passing distance laws for cyclists will be retained by the state government is a welcome decision. These ground breaking laws, which were the first in Australia, have been emulated in other states around the country and have been a success for Queensland cyclists. In 2013, before we introduced the laws, there were 13 cyclist fatalities. It was clear that something had to be done to stop such tragic deaths, because the reality is that one death on our roads is one too many.

Hansard Thursday 21 April 2016

 

Mr EMERSON (Indooroopilly—LNP) (2.49 pm): The news that the LNP’s lifesaving minimum passing distance laws for cyclists will be retained by the state government is a welcome decision. These ground breaking laws, which were the first in Australia, have been emulated in other states around the country and have been a success for Queensland cyclists. In 2013, before we introduced the laws, there were 13 cyclist fatalities. It was clear that something had to be done to stop such tragic deaths, because the reality is that one death on our roads is one too many.

 

As transport minister, I was incredibly proud that we were able to lead Australia in introducing laws that would save cyclists’ lives. It is very encouraging and a testament to the new goodwill fostered between cyclists and motorists that, in the two years since the introduction of the laws we have seen a drop in cycling fatalities. In 2014 there were nine cycling fatalities and in 2015, despite the overall road toll going up, there was another drop in cycling deaths to four. New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT have all adopted our laws. That is good news for cyclists.

 

It was important that the laws were supported by an effective and informative advertising campaign directed at both motorists and cyclists. Six cycling fatalities so far this year is a horrific start to 2016. I encourage the government to commit to ensuring that we have an adequate cycling road safety campaign in place. These laws have support from cycling groups and motoring groups such as the RACQ, which all agree that they are playing a critical role in driving a cultural change in attitude towards cyclists on our roads, but we cannot be complacent.

 

There will always be motorists and cyclists on our roads who do the wrong thing. Our roads need to be shared, not treated as some sort of battleground. It is clear that the LNP laws, which have been followed in other parts of Australia - laws that led the way across the other states - have made a difference and have made our roads safer. I am proud that I was the minister who introduced them. I am proud that in 2014 the LNP government and its road safety action plan saw the lowest road toll in Queensland history under our policies. The cycling laws were an important part of those LNP policies.