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Passing of Rory’s Law – just in time

A law to enable TAC access for cyclists who hit stationary vehicles on Victorian roads has passed the State Parliament on its last sitting day of the 58th Parliamentary term.

Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, was a strong supporter of what has become known as Rory’s Law.

“The passage of this Bill is very, very important to the Wilson family,” Mr Ramsay said.

“I am disappointed Rory Wilson has had to wait for so long.  But I am pleased – and I must say relieved – to finally speak on this legislation, and support its progress into law.”

On July 9th, 2014, Mr Wilson was riding his bike in wet and windy conditions in Geelong.  With his head down to weather the storm, his bike hit a parked truck.

He was left a paraplegic. Unlike other accident victims on our roads, the Drysdale farmer was unable to have his accident costs covered by the Transport Accident Commission.

The law didn’t take his circumstances into account – a cyclist injured on our roads having collided with a stationary vehicle.  To be covered by the law, and to receive TAC support, he needed to hit a moving vehicle, a car door or a stationary vehicle on his way to or from work.

Mr Wilson was neither going to, or from work.

“And yet, without TAC access, this has led to years of incredible difficulty and struggle beyond what he should have faced on injury alone. And perhaps alone is the operative word.

“The law did not stand by him.  This Government has taken the full term of this office to stand beside Mr Wilson and offer him the sanctity and respect that this state should offer those who need our help.

“This legislation will now take into account his circumstances and rectify a legal, and discriminatory, anomaly.”

This Bill, first introduced in June this year, will extend TAC benefits to any cyclist injured by accidents with stationary vehicles on our roads, regardless of whether they are travelling to or from work. It is retrospective legislation.