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ROAD RULES 2014 - REG 216

Towing a vehicle at night or in hazardous weather conditions

216 Towing a vehicle at night or in hazardous weather conditions

(1) A driver must not tow a vehicle at night, or in hazardous weather conditions causing reduced visibility unless:
(a) if the towed vehicle is being towed from the front of the vehicle:
(i) the tail lights of the vehicle are operating effectively and are clearly visible, or
(ii) the vehicle has portable rear lights that are operating, or
(b) if the towed vehicle is being towed from the rear of the vehicle--the vehicle has portable rear lights that are operating.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note :
"Night" is defined in the Dictionary.
(2) However, this rule does not apply to the driver of a tow truck if:
(a) the driver is towing a disabled vehicle carrying a placard load of dangerous goods to a place that is safely off the road, and
(b) a vehicle carrying a warning to other traffic is following immediately behind the disabled vehicle.
(3) In this rule:

"portable rear lights" means:
(a) for a vehicle being towed from the front of the vehicle--a pair of lights attached to the rear of the vehicle that, when operating, show a red light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the rear of the vehicle, and
(b) for a vehicle being towed from the rear of the vehicle--a pair of lights attached to the front of the vehicle that, when operating, show a red light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the front of the vehicle.

"road" does not include a road related area, but includes any shoulder of the road.
Note 1 :
"Road related area" is defined in rule 13, and
"shoulder" is defined in rule 12.
Note 2 : The definitions of
"dangerous goods" and
"placard load" in rule 216 (3) have not been reproduced in these Rules. Those definitions in the Australian Road Rules allow the terms to be defined in another law of this jurisdiction. Accordingly,
"dangerous goods" and
"placard load" are defined in the Dictionary.



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