Think again before Instagramming ridiculous personalised number plates while cycling. As of this Saturday July 1, police will have the power to issue $476 on-the-spot fines to cyclists.

Under the existing law, an officer would first have to charge a cyclist with an offence and take them to court.

The new law will apply to any cyclist found using a handheld phone, even if stationary, unless parked. This brings the penalty up to the same level as motorists.

Cyclists will still be allowed to use their phones if they are using a navigation app or if the device is safely mounted to their bike.

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