(1) A driver must not drive in an emergency stopping lane unless:(a) the driver needs to drive in the emergency stopping lane to avoid a collision, to stop in the lane, or because the driver's vehicle is disabled, or(b) the driver is driving a police or emergency vehicle.Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.Note 1 :
"Driver's vehicle" ,
"emergency vehicle" and
"police vehicle" are defined in the Dictionary.Note 2 : Rule 178 deals with stopping in an emergency stopping lane.Note 3 : Subrule (1) (b) is not uniform with the corresponding paragraph in rule 95 of the Australian Road Rules . However, the corresponding paragraph in the Australian Road Rules allows another law of this jurisdiction to permit a driver to drive in an emergency stopping lane. Different rules may apply in other Australian jurisdictions.
(2) This rule does not apply to the rider of a bicycle.Note 1 :
"Bicycle" is defined in the Dictionary.Note 2 : If a no bicycles sign applies to the emergency stopping lane, the rider must not ride in the lane--see rule 252.
(3) In this rule:
"emergency stopping lane" means a marked lane, or the part of a marked lane, to which an emergency stopping lane only sign applies.Note 1 :
"Marked lane" is defined in the Dictionary.Note 2 : Rule 329 explains when a traffic control device applies to a marked lane.
Note for diagram : The sign may have an arrow pointing in a different direction--see rule 316 (4).