New Traffic Laws you may not realise exist.

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New Traffic Laws you may not realise exist……

On 1 February 2015, new road rules commenced affecting motorcycle riders.

New lane filtering rules for Queensland

Riders with an open licence for riding a motorcycle are now allowed to move between stationary or slow moving vehicles travelling in the same direction as the rider, provided they are not travelling at more than 30km/h and it is safe to do so.

Please be aware that learner and provisional riders are not allowed to lane filter.

What does this mean? If you are driving a car, ute or truck you will need to make sure you are more aware of motorcycles when changing lanes as a motorcycle may be coming up between the lines of traffic.

Lane filtering safely

Motorcycle riders are prohibited from lane filtering in school zones during school zone hours.

Motorcycle riders are advised to always look out for pedestrians and cyclists when lane filtering. It is also recommended that a motorcycle rider should not lane filter near heavy vehicles or buses due to the safety risk, as drivers of heavy vehicles and buses may have trouble seeing motorcycles.

Riding on road shoulders and kerbside
On major roads, such as motorways, freeways and highways where the speed limit is 90km/hr or more, a rider who holds an open licence for riding a motorcycle may ride past stationary or slow moving traffic at speeds not greater than 30km/hr on the road shoulder (the sealed area of a road to the left or right of an edge line) or in an emergency stopping lane.

A motorcycle rider is required to give way to cyclists or motorcycle riders already on the road shoulder. Riding on a road shoulder is not allowed on roads with lower speed limits where there may be more pedestrian activity and it may pose a greater road safety risk to pedestrians.

To ensure pedestrian safety, lane filtering is only allowed between stationary or slow moving vehicles and not between a vehicle and the kerb.

Lane splitting

Lane splitting is a term sometimes used for riding a motorcycle at speed through moving traffic. The higher speed increases the unpredictability of motorcycle movements and so increases the crash risk for the rider and other road users, including pedestrians and cyclists. In Queensland lane filtering at over 30km/hr is prohibited and penalties will apply.

Penalties for breaking lane filtering rules
New offences for lane filtering or riding on a shoulder incorrectly (for example, filtering at over 30km/hr or in a school zone during school zone hours) have been introduced, with an on-the-spot fine of $341 and 3 demerit points. There is a maximum penalty of $2,277 if the matter goes before a court.