No rego for cyclists despite multi-million dollar cycle ways
QUEENSLAND cyclists will continue not having to pay any registration fees to use roads or multi-million dollar purpose built cycle ways across the state.
A parliamentary committee, who was tasked with investigating issues to improve the interaction of cyclists with other road users, handed down their findings on Wednesday outlining 68 recommendations.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the government would consider implementing 50 of the recommendations.
"The decision to keep helmet laws the same is based on scientific evidence that clearly supports the effectiveness of helmets in reducing head injuries," he said.
"While I agree with freedom of choice, it is not in the public interest to introduce a trial that may increase any risk of head injuries to cyclists.
"The government also supports the committee's recommendation not to introduce registration for bicycles as the fee would likely deter people from cycling."
He said introducing a registration fee for cyclist was something the government would never have entertained.
"It would also be inconsistent with other jurisdictions in Australia given no other state or territory currently registers bicycles or requires them to have a number plate," he said.
"A recommendation we did not support was to allow a 'rolling stop' rule whereby cyclists could treat a stop sign or red light, like a give way sign.
"Not only could this lead to serious injury, we could not support a rule that would see inconsistencies between what motorists and cyclists were allowed to do at a stop sign or red light."
Mr Emerson implemented nine recommendations from the inquiry last month including a two year trial of the one metre rule and bringing fines for cyclists into line with motorists.