TAC helping cyclists

In the past cyclists were not covered by the TAC when injured as a result of a collision with a parked motor vehicle.

New laws have now been introduced to give cyclists the same protection that other road users receive from the TAC.

The new laws will apply to anyone injured from 9 July 2014.

Under the TAC scheme cyclists will be able to access medical care outside the public health system. This is very significant for those seriously injured. For example a cyclist who has sustained a spinal injury will be able to access a broad range of assistance that includes home and car modifications and attendant care amongst a range of other services.

The TAC scheme also provides for income support well beyond the level of support offered by Centrelink. For cyclists whom have suffered a permanent injury, an impairment benefit may be payable. For the most seriously injured that benefit can exceed $200,000.