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ROAD RULES 2014 - REG 57

Stopping for a yellow traffic light or arrow

57 Stopping for a yellow traffic light or arrow

(1) A driver approaching or at traffic lights showing a yellow traffic light must stop:
(a) if there is a stop line at or near the traffic lights and the driver can stop safely before reaching the stop line--as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the stop line, or
(b) if there is no stop line at or near the traffic lights and the driver can stop safely before reaching the traffic lights--as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the nearest or only traffic lights, or
(c) if the traffic lights are at an intersection and the driver cannot stop safely in accordance with paragraph (a) or (b), but can stop safely before entering the intersection--before entering the intersection,
and must not proceed past the stop line or nearest or only traffic lights, or into the intersection (as the case may be), until the traffic lights show a green or flashing yellow traffic light or no traffic light.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note :
"Enter" ,
"intersection" ,
"stop line" and
"yellow traffic light" are defined in the Dictionary.
(2) A driver approaching or at traffic arrows showing a yellow traffic arrow who is turning in the direction indicated by the arrow must stop:
(a) if there is a stop line at or near the traffic arrows and the driver can stop safely before reaching the stop line--as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the stop line, or
(b) if there is no stop line at or near the traffic arrows and the driver can stop safely before reaching the traffic arrows--as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the nearest or only traffic arrows, or
(c) if the traffic arrows are at an intersection and the driver cannot stop safely in accordance with paragraph (a) or (b), but can stop safely before entering the intersection--before entering the intersection,
and must not proceed past the stop line or nearest or only traffic arrows, or into the intersection (as the case may be), until the traffic arrows show a green or flashing yellow traffic arrow or no traffic arrow.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note :
"Enter" ,
"intersection" ,
"stop line" and
"yellow traffic arrow" are defined in the Dictionary.
(3) If the traffic lights or traffic arrows (as the case may be) are at an intersection and the driver is not able to stop safely under subrule (1) or (2) (as the case may be) and enters the intersection, the driver must leave the intersection as soon as the driver can do so safely.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note 1 :
"Intersection" does not include a road related area--see the definition in the Dictionary.
Note 2 : This rule applies to a driver turning left using a slip lane only if the yellow traffic light or yellow traffic arrow (as the case may be) applies to the slip lane--see Part 20, Divisions 2 and 3, especially rules 330 and 345.
Note 3 : Rule 58 deals with when a driver does not have to stop at a yellow traffic light.
(4) If there is a bicycle storage area before any traffic lights referred to in subrule (1) or (2), a reference to the stop line in subrule (1) (a) or (2) (a):
(a) in the case of a driver of a motor vehicle, is a reference to the first stop line that the driver comes, or came, to in approaching the lights, and
(b) in the case of a rider of a bicycle, is a reference to the stop line that is nearest to the intersection.
Note :
"Bicycle storage area" is defined in the Dictionary.



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