Government scraps plan to force cyclists to carry photo ID

Generic cycling photographs taken around Pyrmont. 29th July 2016, Photo: Wolter Peeters, The Sydney Morning Herald

Generic cycling photographs taken around Pyrmont. 29th July 2016, Photo: Wolter Peeters, The Sydney Morning Herald

The NSW government has scrapped plans to force cyclists to carry photo ID from March next year and slap a $106 fine on those who don’t comply.

Roads Minister Duncan Gay has moved away from this stance, saying riders will now be “encouraged” to use cards that carry emergency contact details.

Emergency cards will be made available through Cycling NSW and Bicycle NSW.

Mr Gay said this “struck the right balance between safety and convenience”.

Cycling NSW CEO Phil Ayres was pleased with the government’s change in tune.

“We are delighted the government consulted and listened, and has accepted the Cycling Australia membership card as a form of identification,” Mr Ayres said. 

He said a Cycling NSW members survey found 93 per cent of cyclists already carried ID while riding.

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