In October 2011 I made a submission to the Minister of Transport, The Honourable Troy Buswell in respect of Regulation 224 (2B) of the Road Traffic Code 2000.
This regulation states:
A person shall not ride a bicycle during the hours of darkness, or in hazardous weather conditions causing reduced visibility, unless the bicycle has affixed, to both sides of each pedal, yellow pedal reflectors complying with the requirements for reflectors in Australian Standard AS 2142-1978 (Specification for Reflectors for Pedal Bicycles).
I made a submission seeking the repeal of this regulation as this regulation puts myself and a significant number of Western Australian cyclists in breach of the law when we ride out bicycles at night or low visibility conditions due to our decision to ride with clip less pedals such as Look Keo or the like. Well as expected the Minister has not bother to reply, it seems unless there is a TV spot in it the Minister is missing in action, however, he did pass on my letter to Mr Reece Waldock, the Director General of the Department of Transport. Mr Waldock was formally responsible for the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia, another organisation that is really concerned about cyclists’ safety, not.Anyway the full response from Mr Waldock, a very detailed response as you would expect given the effort gone into writing to the Minister in the first place, can be found here. In summary, Mr Waldock response is:
DoT is aware that some inconsistencies between the Regulations and the Code remain and that other provisions may be out of date in relation to advances in modern bicycle design.
DoT is planning a further review of the Code and Regulations with a view to repealing unused or irrelevant regulations. The issues you have raised in relation to Regulation 224 of the Code will be considered as part of this process. DoT also
intends to host public and stakeholder consultation sessions in conducting the review.
So the Department of Transport (DoT) has recently amended a number of regulations in the Road Traffic (Bicycles) Regulations 2002 but it seems we have to go through that process again because they couldn’t get it right the first time. If they where aware, then surly they should have sorted it all at once? It can’t be that hard can it?
Once again Mr Buswell has fallen short in his management of his portfolio. Most disappointing indeed.