Evaluation of NSW minimum passing distance trial

Transport for NSW through the Centre for Road Safety commissioned CARRS-Q to undertake an evaluation of the NSW minimum passing distance trial. A two-year trial of minimum passing distances laws came into effect on 1 March 2016. To promote national consistency, the legislative conditions for the Queensland trial formed the basis of the NSW trial.

The evaluation assessed the effects of the new laws on cyclist and motorist behaviour, safety outcomes, and on Police enforcement activity. In addition to assessing positive road safety effects, the evaluation assessed any unintended consequences, such as whether road rule exemptions relating to the circumstances of overtaking or passing poses any additional safety risk to motorists.


Funding / Grants

  • Transport for NSW (2016 - 2018)

Other Team Members

This project also included researchers from QUT's School of Public Health and Social Work.