New Penalties For Drivers Who Pass Too Close To Cyclists

The recent social media outrage triggered policy changes where new WA laws require motorists to allow a one meter space when overtaking cyclists. Over the last year, 7 cyclists have lost their lives on our roads. Those who don’t leave adequate space will now face a fines of $400 and the loss of 4 demerit…

Top Cop Calls For More Cyclist Acknowledgement Following Road Legislation

WA’s Police Commissioner claims motorists need to acknowledge cyclists on the road following new legislation requiring motorists to keep one metre away from cyclists on the state’s roads. Chris Dawson said cyclists have a right to be on the road and driver habits had resulted in road tragedies involving bike riders. “At times, cars just…

Government to use interactive map in road safety review

The WA Government is using an interactive map open to the public as part of its safety review for Indian Ocean Drive, after the deaths of six people this year. The map enables drivers and local residents to point out areas that they have safety concerns about. Users are able to upload a photograph of…

Booklets To Promote Road Safety for Cyclists and Motorists

A series of booklets called “The Best Practice Guides” has been released to promote responsible road sharing between cyclists and motorists. The booklets were funded by a $52,000 grant from the Road Trauma Trust Account, and were produced as a collaboration between WestCycle and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts. Ms Roberts said that it is…

Extra hours for WA Learner Drivers?

The way learner drivers get their P-Plates is set to change later this year. WA leaners will now have to complete 50 hours of supervised driving before sitting the practical assessment to get their P-Plates. They are also required to pass the hazard perception before sitting their practical assessment. Learners need 5 hours of night…

Rehabilitation Underway At Roe 8 Reserve

By Taylah Hanna A State Government lead rehabilitation program for the Roe 8 reserve is underway, in alliance with the City of Cockburn. The program commenced on May 22nd and saw the decontamination and removal of asbestos, the relocation of extensive piles of mulch to a temporary location, and the spraying of weeds. The 10…

Saffioti Recommits to Not Widening Guildford Road

Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands, Rita Saffioti, has recommitted to WA Labor’s election pledge to not widen Guildford Road. Ms Saffioti has urged the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) to submit their formal recommendation as quickly as possible, as required by law, so she can give landowners certainty. “We have made a clear election…

Suggested changes to third party insurance

This story is written by WAMN Journalist Daniel Edwards. The State Government has released a Green Paper to invite community comment on options to add no-fault catastrophic injury cover to Western Australia’s Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance scheme. About 92 West Australians suffer a catastrophic injury every year as a result of a car accident.…

Perth’s Pathway Madness

The West Australian newspaper has published shocking photos of drivers driving on bicycle lanes today, the story has reignited Perth’s traffic congestion crisis. The picture on the newspaper showed that numerous motorists including a taxi, a delivery van and other private cars drove on the cycle path to avoid traffic jam on Nicholson Road. Bicycle…

Mandatory Driving Tests For 85 Year Olds Scrapped

WA Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced the state government will abolish the mandatory driving tests for elderlies age 85 and older. The changes will come into effect on the 16th of December. However, drivers above 80 will still have to undergo annual medical tests. In a press release, Mr Buswell said the test is no…