— High-vis law would apply to motorists and cyclists who have exited their cars or dismounted their bicycles.
The Houses of Oireachtas transport committee is tomorrow to debate a host of amendments to the Road Traffic Act, including mandatory high-vis for pedestrians on unlit roads and streets, and a minimum passing distance for motorists overtaking people on bicycles.
The full text of the amendments can be found at oireachtas.ie.
The main amendment in the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 — which is proposed by the government — looks to close a loop hole which allows drivers caught drink driving to avoid losing their license.
This opens up the Road Traffic Acts to amendments of the road traffic laws from other parliamentarians.
The separate amendments for mandatory high-vis for pedestrians on unlit roads and streets, and a minimum passing distance for motorists overtaking people on bicycles, are both proposed by Robert Troy, a TD for Longford and Westmeath and the transport spokesman for Fianna Fáil.
Other amendments include making it easier to put traffic calming in place and for school school wardens to be used at private roads, both proposals for the Green Party TDs Catherine Martin and Eamon Ryan.
While Sinn Fein TD Imelda Munster wants the transport minister to look at the feasibility of expanding existing rural transport schemes to incorporate transport to rural licenced premises.
After the transport committee debates the issues the amendments would be still subject to the approval of the Dail, as well as oversight of the upper house, the Seanad, before becoming law or being rejected.