`Kamikaze' crackdown

The Sunday Telegraph

Sunday 20 September 1998
SYDNEY'S "kamikaze" bicycle couriers will face tougher penalties for breaking road rules under plans by the NSW Opposition.

They would also be forced to wear identification plates and uniforms and be accredited with the Transport Department.

Opposition transport spokesman Michael Photios will today announce the new code of conduct following the State Government's failure to act on promised reforms.

More than two years ago, the parliamentary Staysafe committee urged a raft of similar controls amid concerns cyclists menaced pedestrians and flouted the road rules.

The planned crackdown followed the deaths of two people in collisions with couriers. Hundreds more have been injured.

In August last year, the Roads and Traffic Authority promised it was "dealing with it as a matter of urgency". However, the Pedestrian Council of Australia, Staysafe chairman Paul Gibson and Mr Photios said yesterday little had changed.

"They have done absolutely nothing," council chairman Harold Scruby said.