Shane Rattenbury, ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, today praised the introduction of new laws which define ‘vulnerable road users’ - such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders - and establish penalties for drivers that endanger these users.
“The Greens have championed this issue for a long time. Road users like cyclists and pedestrians deserve better recognition in road transport laws, and specific protections that recognise their unique circumstances on the road,” said Mr Rattenbury.
“These new laws are a major step in that direction and I’m pleased I could be part of the reforms.
“This is the first time that ‘vulnerable road users’ has been defined in any legislation in Australia and I hope it is the start of many more policy reforms to better recognise and protect these road users.
“The intention is to not only better protect road users like pedestrians and cyclists, but also to help legitimise their presence, and to encourage more people to use these sustainable forms of transport.
“Community and Government attitudes towards sustainable transport modes are improving rapidly. I hope the new laws help us towards a future where all road users understand and respect each other, and treat each other with appropriate care,” said Mr Rattenbury.