Ride2Work Day highlights new TAC protections for Victorian cyclists

    R2W
    15 October 2018

    Ride2Work Day highlights new TAC protections for Victorian cyclists

    By Saira Griffin

     

    The Bicycle Network is urging Australians to participate in National Ride2Work Day on Wednesday 17 October 2018. The event is designed to keep regular riders motivated and encourage potential riders to start a new habit. The event seeks to use small steps to address some of Australia’s biggest problems;

    • health;
    • pollution;
    • the associated economic impact. 

    National Ride2Work Day promotes greater physical activity through regular riding leading to a prevention of medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and depression.

    Cycling is a zero-emission form of transport and it places a feasible emissions reduction policy into the hands of everyday Australians.

    Individuals who ride to work save money on fuel, public transport fares, parking and vehicular maintenance. Businesses also profit from the increased productivity that flows from improved physical and mental wellbeing.

    National Ride2Work Day also draws attention to the need for infrastructure to better facilitate an increased number of cyclists on the road. More broadly, the event sheds light on the importance of road safety for all Australians.

    Recently the State Government of Victoria passed significant amendments to the Transport Accident Act 1986 (Vic). The amendments that were introduced on 7 June 2018 provide a further extension of entitlements to cyclists injured on Victorian roads.

    Zaparas Lawyers again commends the government on these changes as previously cyclists were only entitled to receive TAC entitlements if they hit a moving vehicle, a car door or if they collided with a stationary vehicle on the way home from work. This meant that cyclists were not entitled to have their medical and like expenses paid for by the TAC, could not receive compensation for loss of earnings, and were excluded from receiving lump sum entitlements even under the ‘no fault’ system. This position was justified on the basis that cyclists are not registered and do not pay the premium required to be covered by the TAC.

    The amendment allows cyclists to claim for TAC benefits if they are injured in an accident involving stationary vehicles. Furthermore, it is retrospective, meaning that cyclists injured in accidents with stationary vehicle since 9 July 2014, are now eligible to access TAC entitlements.

    In light of these changes which provide greater protection to cyclists on Victorian roads and in the spirit of greater road safety and awareness we encourage you to register for National Ride2Work Day on Wednesday 17 October 2018, via the following link: https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/rides-and-events/ride2work/ride2work-day/#register.

    Furthermore, if you believe you may be entitled to TAC benefits as a result of the recent amendments to the Transport Accident Act 1986 (Vic), please contact our TAC experts on 1800 ZAPARAS for a cost and obligation free initial consultation.