Research services to evaluate the minimum passing distance Queensland 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 60km/h.

The evaluation included the following:

  • Review of correspondence received by Department of Transport and Main Roads;
  • Interviews and focus groups with Queensland Police Service officers;
  • Road user survey;
  • Observational study; and
  • Crash, injury and infringement data analysis.

Research Snapshot


Queensland adopts law requiring one metre between cars and cyclists following trial
Better roads essential for safer cycling

Funding / Grants

  • Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (2014 - 2016)

Other Team Members

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