Following a successful two-year trial, the Minimum Passing Distance rule is now a permanent NSW road rule.

The rule requires drivers passing a cyclist travelling in the same direction to leave a minimum gap one metre between the car and bike when the speed limit is 60km/h or less.

If the speed limit is under 60km/h then a gap of one metre applies. Picture: Transport NSW/YouTube

When travelling at speeds higher than 60km/h, the distance bumps up to 1.5 metres.

If the speed limit is over 60km/h then a 1.5 metre gap applies. Picture: Transport NSW/YouTube

An independent review of the two-year trial found there was an estimated 15 per cent reduction in bicycle-to-vehicle crashes. 

Drivers who break the law face a penalty of $330 and two demerit points.

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