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ROAD RULES 2014 - REG 144-2

NSW rule: exceptions for passing bicycle rider

144-2 NSW rule: exceptions for passing bicycle rider

(1) The driver of a motor vehicle driving past to the right of a bicycle that is travelling on a road in the same direction as the motor vehicle may, if it is necessary in order to comply with rule 144-1 while passing the bicycle, do any of the following but only if the driver can do so safely and has a clear view of any approaching traffic:
(a) if the driver is driving on a two-way road without a dividing line or median strip--drive to the right of the centre of the road,
(b) if the driver is driving on a road with a dividing line--drive to the right of the dividing line,
(c) drive:
(i) on a dividing strip that is at the same level as the road, or
(ii) on or over a single continuous line, or 2 parallel continuous lines, along a side of or surrounding a painted island,
(d) if the driver is driving on a multi-lane road--drive so that the driver's vehicle is not completely in a marked lane,
(e) if the driver is driving on a road with 2 or more lines of traffic travelling in the same direction as the driver, but without marked lanes--drive so that the driver's vehicle is not completely in a single line of traffic,
(f) if the driver is driving on a multi-lane road--move from one marked lane to another marked lane across a continuous line separating the lanes.
(2) Subrule (1) has effect despite anything in rule 132, 137, 138, 146 or 147.
(3) For the purposes of subrule (1) (c), a dividing strip does not include a painted island and is taken to be at the same level as the road even if the dividing strip contains 1 or more raised pavement bars or markers.
Note : This rule is an additional NSW rule. There is no corresponding rule in the Australian Road Rules .



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