Cyclist in Australia fined for overtaking stationary car

Cyclist overtook a static car on the left hand side that had its indicator on and was fined for the manoeuvre

A cyclist in Australia was fined by police for overtaking an immobile car.

Laurie Duncan, 65, was riding in Melbourne when he passed a car to left of it (similar to the UK, Australians drive on the left hand side of the road) and was subsequently pulled over by police and fined AU$152 (£95).

Duncan says that the car was standstill and had its indicators on to turn left but due to pedestrian traffic hadn’t started moving.

But under Australia’s road safety laws, “the rider of a bicycle must not ride past, or overtake, to the left of a vehicle that is turning left and is giving a left change of direction signal”.

“I was unaware I was doing anything wrong,” Mr Duncan told The Age. “I didn’t think it was dangerous” he added.

“Hundreds of cyclists do exactly what I did every day of the week, in the CBD [centre of Melbourne] alone, and the police do nothing about it because they know that if they enforced this interpretation of the law it would cause chaos,” he continued.

“I get, 100 per cent, that if you pass on the left and there aren’t pedestrians there you’re an idiot because you’ll get knocked over.

“But when a car is stationary and can’t turn because either there’s a red light or there’s pedestrians there, it happens thousands of times a day that cyclists stream past cars.

“If they enforce this law, what’s going to happen now is that cyclists will have to get off their bike and just wait there. It will be just ridiculous.”

The fine is just the latest bizarre cycling incident in Australia. Last July, the New South Wales government said that Sydney cyclists should carry ID with them at all times on a bike, while more than 1,500 fines were handed out to cyclists in the same region of Australia between March and May for cyclists not wearing helmets.