Evaluation of the Queensland Minimum Passing Distance Road Rule

Schramm, Amy J., Haworth, Narelle L., Heesch, Kristiann, Watson, Angela, & Debnath, Ashim Kumar (2016) Evaluation of the Queensland Minimum Passing Distance Road Rule.


The two-year trial of the Queensland minimum passing distance (MPD) road rule began on 7 April 2014. The rule requires motor vehicles to provide cyclists a minimum lateral passing distance of one metre when overtaking cyclists in a speed zone of 60 km/h or less, and 1.5 metres when the speed limit is greater than 60 km/h.

This document summarises the evaluation of the effectiveness of the new rule in terms of its:

  1. practical implementation;

  2. impact on road users’ attitudes and perceptions; and

  3. road safety benefits.

The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) developed the evaluation framework (Haworth, Schramm, Kiata-Holland, Vallmuur, Watson & Debnath; 2014) for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and was later commissioned to undertake the evaluation.

The evaluation included the following components:

• Review of correspondence received by TMR;

• Interviews and focus groups with Queensland Police Service (QPS) officers;

• Road user survey;

• Observational study; and

• Crash, injury and infringement data analysis.

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ID Code: 94655
Item Type: Report
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Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
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Deposited On: 07 Apr 2016 01:29
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2016 00:34

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