Cyclists - have you had an accident or a close shave with a car door?  Tell Parliament!

Victorian Parliament has announced an Inquiry into a new Greens-sponsored "dooring" law, which would increase the penalty for opening a door into the path of a cyclist.

The Greens say the current penalty is so low, it:

  • is not enough to act as a deterrent
  • has no impact on the driver's licence
  • discourages cyclists from reporting incidents
  • discourages police from taking action

The current penalty for 'dooring' is ridiculously low.

The proposed new law, tabled in Victorian Parliament by Greens MP Greg Barber, would increase the possible penalty for dooring to $1,122 and three demerit points on the driver's licence.

The Inquiry is an opportunity for Parliament to hear about all incidents, not just those reported to the police or represented in accident statistics.  So if you have something to say, this is your opportunity to be heard.

  • Do you think the penalty should be increased?
  • Do you think the penalty should include demerit points for the car driver's licence?
  • Do you think police should be given the option of taking the matter to court?

Written submissions must be in by 27 April 2012 for consideration.  All submissions can be sent to:

Secretary
Economy and Infrastructure Legislation Committee
Parliament House, Spring Street
EAST MELBOURNE VIC 3002

Want more information?

Read the Bill

Read the Greens presentation to the Inquiry

Read Parliament's information sheet on preparing your submission

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