Equipment and On Road Behaviour, Laws and Rules. Cycling Promotion and Advocacy
Even more people would drive illegally if they had to pass regular driving tests. The number of unlicenced drivers and unregistered and unroadworthy cars driving around is frightening already (estimated to be at least 10% in some states).
Some serious penalties for killing cyclists is long overdue, coupled with an advertising campaign to let the public know about them, would go a long way toward making drivers pay more attention to drivers.
With pathetic slaps on the wrist as seen in this article, drivers seem to be better off killing cyclists they hit (penalties on par with drink driving charges) than injuring them (same penalty, but increased CTP premiums).
Which implies that you think that a lot of people currently driving are not competent to do so.
Those people that you think will drive illegally are currently driving legally. If they are not competent to drive what's the difference.
The difference is that a person legally operating a vehicle is covered by CTP insurance. Which a hapless cyclist injured (but not killed) by a motorist can claim against to cover medical expenses.
Part of the cost of your CTP insurance in NSW goes to fund the "nominal defendant" for claims where the vehicle at fault cannot be identified or is unregistered. I believe the same approach is adopted in every state.
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Certainly is in Queensland.
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