In this week’s vote, the Chamber of Deputies rejected all the amendments proposed by Member of Parliament Zuzana Ožanová (ANO). Therefore, the current rule of maintaining a safe distance when overtaking cyclists will continue to apply. The requirement to wear a cycling helmet while cycling will still only apply to children under 18 years old.
There were a total of four proposed amendments to the Road Traffic Act concerning cyclists submitted by MP Ožanová.
Two of them addressed the complete or partial abolition of the obligation to overtake cyclists with a safe distance of at least 1.5 meters. The third proposal sought to reinstate the full obligation to use cycle paths. The fourth proposed expanding the helmet-wearing requirement to include individuals over 18 years old. The majority of the proposals received very little support.
The proposal to abolish the rule of safe overtaking of cyclists received support from 9 out of 175 present members of parliament. The alternative proposal to abolish the rule of safe overtaking of cyclists on designated roads did not receive much greater support either, with 14 out of 175 in favor. The proposal to make helmet usage mandatory for individuals over 18 years old received support from 24 out of 175, and the proposal to end optional cycle paths had the support of 22 out of 175.