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Tender awarded for minimum passing distance technology trial

The Queensland Government has announced successful tender to trial technology to enforce the minimum passing distance road rule.

The Queensland Government has announced successful tender to trial technology to enforce the minimum passing distance road rule.The Queensland Government has announced successful tender to trial technology to enforce the minimum passing distance road rule.

The Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) will undertake the project after applications closed in October.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said CARRS-Q will test bicycle mounted distance sensor and video capture technologies as part of the trial, which will take place over two months early next year.

“The technology will assist with better measuring the minimum passing distance between cyclists and motorists to help keep road users safe,” he said.

“As part of successfully being awarded the tender to trial technology, CARRS-Q will also report on issues involved with video evidence and its usefulness in enforcement.”

The report is expected to be finalised mid next year.

CARRS-Q Centre Director Narelle Haworth said evaluation of the minimum passing distance trial showed drivers were giving cyclists more room but it was hard to judge one metre or one and a half metres.

“The new research will test how well devices on the market can do this,” Ms. Haworth said.

“CARRS-Q is pleased to continue working with TMR to improve bicycle safety.”

The minimum passing distance is measured from the right-most part of the bicycle or the cyclist and the left-most part of the vehicle or object protruding from the vehicle, including a side mirror.

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