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Cyclists to benefit from new TAC changes

All cyclists in Victoria who are injured in accidents involving stationary vehicles will now be able to access compensation.

Under new legislation introduced by the Andrews Labor government, cyclists will be able to access Transport Accident Commission (TAC) benefits if they are injured at any time by a moving vehicle, a stationary vehicle or a car door.

Currently, cyclists are only entitled to access TAC benefits if they are injured while cycling to or from work. The Andrews government bill, introduced on 7 June 2018, will change this.

“These changes close the gap in TAC eligibility for cyclists, ensuring they receive the support they deserve if they are injured on our roads” said Minister for Finance Robin Scott.

We have listened to the community and are making changes that are fair for all Victorians.”

This change will affect people like Richard (Rory) Wilson, who was injured while cycling with friends and couldn’t access benefits because he wasn’t riding to or from work.

This amendment will be retrospective from 9 July 2014, covering Rory and any other cyclist who has been injured since then.

"Extension of access to these benefits for all cyclists is an important improvement in the TAC scheme," said Emma Hines, Shine Lawyers General Manager for Victoria.

"The original law had harsh and inequitable results – where an injured cyclist would get profoundly different care and support simply based on where they happened to be heading at the time their accident occurred.  It is a welcomed change."

It’s one of a long list of ongoing changes introduced by the Daniel Andrews government in order to improve the lives of Victorians injured in transport accidents.

The bill will also pay income to parents who need to be by the bedsides of their injured children, and improve travel and accommodation allowance for family members visiting an injured loved one in hospital.

It will lead to changes to improve WorkSafe and provide clients who need to go overseas for work with an extra four weeks attendant care.

The bill’s other proposed changes include an extension of family-related benefits to grandparents, an extension of benefits for dependent children to those completing apprenticeships and increasing the travel and accommodation cap for those visiting family in hospital more than 100 kilometres away from $10,000 to $20,000.

"We'd like to congratulate the Victorian Government for this small but significant change. It adds a level of security and reassurance to those who choose not to drive, but rather take the healthier and often faster option of riding." said Steve Drake CEO of Cycling Australia about these new changes.

Shine Lawyers are proud partners with Cycling Australia and have a team of bike crash and cycling claim experts. If you or a loved one have been injured in a cycling accident, our team can help you make a claim for the compensation needed to put you back in control of your life. Get in touch today.

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: June 7, 2018.

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