il padrone wrote:The key point here is that with this rule any contact between an overtaking vehicle and a cyclist becomes an imediate rule-breaker. There is no spurious debate over "I tried to allow room". It just won't cut it. And I would hope that in any such infringement of a clearance distance, an actual contact would be prosecuted with a much heavier penalty than a 'miss'.
Moreover, by having a distance based law for passing a cyclist (such as 1m or more) the common driver's defence that the cyclist swerved towards the car will be much harder to argue successfully. Sure a bike might swerve 50cm off a straight line but 1m or more?