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The Baird Government has been forced to execute another embarrassing back down to stave off growing public anger - this time over its photo ID scheme for cyclists.
Roads Minister Duncan Gay announced this time last year that cyclists would be required to carry photo identification. From March, bike riders would have faced a $106 fine for failing to carry ID.
Following massive community backlash - and question marks over the Minister’s position in the Baird ministry – Mr Gay today declared the government would not be pursuing the scheme.
It comes as the Government rakes in a whopping $1.33 million in fines, after it increased the penalty for cyclists that are caught without a helmet by 350 per cent.
The scrapping of the cyclist ID scheme adds to a growing list of backflips from this Government on knee-jerk reaction policies, including the greyhound ban, shark nets and CTP insurance reform.
The Baird Government is being urged to do more to encourage people to take up cycling with an approach that focuses on public education to create safer roads.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Roads Jodi McKay
“This is yet another backflip by the Government and this one is firmly about Duncan Gay.
“Duncan Gay knows he’s likely to be dumped as Minister and this was a very unpopular policy which was not evidence-based that reflected badly on him.
“These fines are more driven by revenue than safety”.
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