Stayin' Alive at 1.5

Minimum Passing Distance Law

In the coming weeks, Fianna Fáil transport spokesperson, Robert Troy T.D., will bring forward an amendment to the Road Traffic Bill, 2017 with the intention of introducing a cyclist-specific minimum passing distance law (#MPDL) for the Republic of Ireland. We need your help to get this important piece of legislation across the line. We want all our supporters to write now to their TDs urging them to support the proposed amendment to the Road Traffic Bill.. Find your TDs at https://www.whoismytd.com/

Below is a sample letter that you can use as a template:

Sample Letter:

Re: Minimum Passing Distance Law in relation to Road Traffic Bill, 2017

Dear Deputy/Minister,

As you may be aware, in the coming weeks, Fianna Fáil transport spokesperson, Robert Troy T.D., will bring forward an amendment to the Road Traffic Bill, 2017 with the intention of introducing a cyclist-specific minimum passing distance law (#MPDL) for the Republic of Ireland. A similar measure, Road Traffic (Minimum Passing Distance of Cyclists) Bill, was proposed by Ciarán Cannon, FG Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development and Regina Doherty FG Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection in the form of a Private Members Bill. The Bill received all-party approval at its First Stage reading in the Dáilon 22nd February 2017 but has been awaiting a Second Reading since then.

The proposed legislation is responding to the fact that 15 bicycle riders died on our roads in 2017, a 50% increase over that recorded in 2016. This wholly preventable carnage needs to stop.

For the past four years, the Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 Campaign founded by Wexford based Phil Skelton has been tirelessly campaigning for MPDL. This year, Phil Skelton was awarded an RSA leading light award in recognition of his efforts. During this time, we have seen another 13 jurisdictions adding a similar Minimum Passing Distance Legislation which brings the total now to 42.

Now it’s time that we in Ireland do the same and I urge you and your party colleagues to help get this safety measure over the line by voting in the Dáil in favour of the proposed amendment.

Further details of the campaign available at this link: http://www.safecyclingireland.org

End of Sample Letter

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