new road rules for Vic

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Jacqui
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new road rules for Vic

 seems they have slipped in some new road rules and the way I read it a measuring tape will have to become standard equipment in cars.

its also the first time I have seen new road rules introduced where the tv and media adverts do not explain the new rules but direct people to check the vicroads website for details moving the onus to  the public to be informed.. sneeky move I recon

Motorcyclists faired a little better  that some see the summary below

 

The new rules 
There are three new rules for motorcyclists.

  • No passengers under eight years old. A young child under eight years of age can’t be carried as a passenger on a motorcycle, unless in a sidecar.
  • Travelling in a sidecar. When a sidecar is used, it can only carry the number of passengers for which it is designed.
  • No animals between rider and handlebars. Animals can’t be carried between the rider and the handlebars of a motorcycle.

Exemptions 
There is an exemption for farmers. While working, a farmer can carry an animal between the rider and the handlebars of a motorcycle for up to 500 metres on a road.

What you have to do 
If you are carrying young passengers, other than in a sidecar make sure that they are at least eight years old, they can reach the foot pegs and they are wearing an approved motorcycle helmet.

Also limit your sidecar passengers and use other ways to transport animals.

Road safety reasons
Motorcyclists are amongst the most vulnerable of all road users. They are 34 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a crash than car drivers and passengers.

 

Parking

 

Slip lane
Stopping to park in a slip lane or on a painted island will be prohibited.

 

A slip lane is an area of road for vehicles turning left. It is separated from other parts of the road by a painted island or traffic island.

Parallel parking
Another rule relating to parking relates to parallel parking and the line marking on the road.

Unless parking signs show otherwise, and provided there is at least three metres of clear road between the car and the centre dividing line for other cars to pass (see diagram), a driver can park opposite:

  • double continuous dividing lines
  • a single continuous dividing line
  • a single continuous line to the left or right of a broken dividing line
  • a dividing strip.

However, a driver is permitted to park opposite a broken line
without leaving three metres clear between
the parked car and the broken dividing line.

 

 

Slip lane
Stopping to park in a slip lane or on a painted island will be prohibited.

 

A slip lane is an area of road for vehicles turning left. It is separated from other parts of the road by a painted island or traffic island.

Parallel parking
Another rule relating to parking relates to parallel parking and the line marking on the road.

Unless parking signs show otherwise, and provided there is at least three metres of clear road between the car and the centre dividing line for other cars to pass (see diagram), a driver can park opposite:

  • double continuous dividing lines
  • a single continuous dividing line
  • a single continuous line to the left or right of a broken dividing line
  • a dividing strip.

However, a driver is permitted to park opposite a broken line
without leaving three metres clear between
the parked car and the broken dividing line.

 

Heavy vehicles
Heavy or long vehicles cannot be parked on a road in a built-up area for longer than one hour, unless parking signs show otherwise or the driver is picking up or setting down goods.

Moving parked vehicles
When moving a parked vehicle to another parking spot, the driver must move the vehicle off the length of road, or out of the area, to which the parking sign applies.

There is a range of signs that indicate a parking area, some examples include:

 

What you have to do
As a driver, don’t park in a slip lane or on a painted island.

If you are parking opposite a single line, double lines or a dividing strip, keep at least three metres of road clear for traffic (unless there is a sign to show differently).

Road safety reason
Cars stopped to park in a slip lane or on a painted island disrupt the flow of traffic.
This creates a dangerous situation for road users.

for Drivers

 

New road safety rules for drivers 
Whilst all of the new road rules affect drivers, these rules are additional new road safety rules particularly for drivers. They include the following:

  • At an intersection, a driver must stop at the first stop line and must not enter the area for cyclists when the traffic light is red.
  • If a driver is blocking a driveway, the driver is only allowed two minutes to pick up or drop off passengers and must not leave the vehicle unattended.
  • A driver must not have another person or animal on their lap.
  • If two vehicles, for example a bicycle and a car or two motorcycles, are travelling in the same single marked lane and one vehicle diverges to the left or right within the marked lane, the diverging vehicle must give way.

What you have to do 
Drivers should become familiar with these new rules, as well as all other road rule changes and follow them.

In doing so, drivers will help make the road safer for themselves and other road users.

Road safety reasons
Driving is a complex task, so it is important that drivers concentrate properly and share the road responsibly with other drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I've moved this item into

I've moved this item into the public forum / open discussion so I can front page it.

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Thanks for the heads-up on this Jacqui and Kate.  Perhaps cheap policy rather than sneeky? Another example of road safety on the Cheap are those "egg slicer style" wire  roadside car retainers on our highways. Shudder!!!.Yet another good reason for motorcyclists to choose good secondary roads  Dave O'B

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Absolutely right Dave . On

Absolutely right Dave . On the way back we rode a sweet little secondary road to lock , did a hop step and jump across to the kooweerup to healsville road via cockatoo , and not a cheese cutter in sight.

Hey. Hope you have put that sprint of yours in for the drag link replacement.


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No probs.  Kate, will respond to your post in Garage Forum this evening if I get the chance. Gr8 Web-site! Many to greet. David