Irish government to introduce new law making close passes illegal

Drivers face €80 fine for passing too close to cyclists

(Image credit: Grant Robinson)

Cyclists in the Republic of Ireland will soon have the protection of a new law which will bring in a minimum passing distance and make close passes illegal.

The move, which was confirmed by Shane Ross T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, on Wednesday, comes at the end of a lengthy campaign by cycling campaigners and road safety groups, in particular the "Stayin’ Alive at 1.5" group which concentrated on this one particular issue.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.