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ROAD RULES 2014 - REG 132

Keeping to the left of the centre of a road or the dividing line

132 Keeping to the left of the centre of a road or the dividing line

(1) A driver on a two-way road without a dividing line or median strip must drive to the left of the centre of the road, except as permitted under rule 133 or 139 (1).
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note 1 :
"Centre of the road" ,
"dividing line" ,
"median strip" and
"two-way road" are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2 : For the meaning of driving to the
"left" of something, see rule 351 (3).
Note 3 : Rule 133 deals with driving to the right of the centre of the road to overtake another vehicle, to enter or leave a road, to move from one part of the road to another, or because of the width or condition of the road. Rule 139 (1) deals with driving to the right of the centre of the road to avoid an obstruction.
(2) A driver on a road with a dividing line must drive to the left of the dividing line, except as permitted under rule 134 or 139 (2).
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note : Rule 134 deals with driving to the right of the dividing line to overtake another vehicle, to enter or leave a road, or to move from one part of the road to another. Rule 139 (2) deals with driving to the right of the dividing line to avoid an obstruction.
The effect of this subrule, in relation to continuous dividing lines, is as follows:
(a) in the case of a dividing line that is only a single continuous dividing line, or that is a broken dividing line to the right of a single continuous dividing line, a driver may only drive to the right of such a line in the circumstances set out in rules 134 (3) and 139 (2), as supplemented by rule 139 (3),
(b) in the case of a dividing line that is a single continuous dividing line to the right of a broken dividing line, a driver may only drive to the right of such a line in the circumstances set out in rules 134 (2), 134 (3) and 139 (2),
(c) in the case of a dividing line that is 2 parallel continuous dividing lines, a driver may only drive to the right of such a line in the circumstances set out in rule 139 (2), as supplemented by rule 139 (3).
(2A) A driver on a road with a single continuous dividing line, a single continuous dividing line to the left of a broken dividing line or 2 parallel continuous dividing lines must not drive across the dividing lines to perform a U-turn.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
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(3) This rule, and rules 133, 134 and 139 (1) and (2), apply to a service road to which a two-way sign applies as if it were a separate road, but do not apply to any other service road.
Note 1 :
"Service road" is defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2 : Rule 136 deals with driving on a service road without a two-way sign.
(4) In this rule:

"road" does not include a footpath, nature strip, bicycle path, separated footpath or shared path.
Note :
"Footpath" and
"nature strip" are defined in the Dictionary,
"bicycle path" and
"separated footpath" are defined in rule 239 and
"shared path" is defined in rule 242.
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Note for diagram : There is another permitted version of the two-way sign --see the diagram in Schedule 3.
Examples for subrule (2) :

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