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ROAD SAFETY ROAD RULES 2017 - REG 158

Exceptions to driving in special purpose lanes etc.

    (1)     The driver of any vehicle may drive for up to the permitted distance in a bicycle lane, bus lane, tram lane, transit lane or truck lane if it is necessary for the driver to drive in the lane

        (a)     to enter or leave the road; or

        (b)     to turn at an intersection; or

        (c)     to enter a part of the road of one kind
from a part of the road of another kind (for example, moving to or from a service road, the shoulder of the road or an emergency stopping lane); or

        (d)     to overtake a vehicle that is turning right, or making a U-turn from the centre of the road, and is giving a right change of direction signal; or

        (e)     to enter a marked lane, or part of the road where there is room for a line of traffic (other than motor bikes, bicycles, motorised wheelchairs or animals), from the side of the road.

Notes

1     Permitted distance is defined in subrule (4).

2     Bicycle lane is defined in rule 153, bus lane is defined in rule 154 and emergency stopping lane is defined in rule 95. "Centre of the road", marked lane , overtake", " right change of direction signal , service road and U-turn are defined in the dictionary. Shoulder is defined in rule 12, tram lane is defined in rule 155, transit lane is defined in rule 156 and truck lane is defined in rule 157.

3     A driver must keep clear of a tram travelling in a tram lane—see rule 76.

    (2)     The driver of any vehicle may drive in a bicycle lane, bus lane, tram lane, transit lane or truck lane if—

        (a)     it is necessary for the driver to drive in the lane to avoid an obstruction; or

        (b)     information on or with a traffic sign applying to the lane indicates that the driver may drive in the lane.

Note

"Obstruction", traffic sign and with are defined in the dictionary.

    (3)     It is a defence to the prosecution of a driver for an offence against a provision of this Division for driving in a bicycle lane, bus lane, tram lane, transit lane or truck lane if—

        (a)     it is necessary for the driver to drive in the lane to stop at a place in the lane; and

        (b)     the driver is permitted to stop at that place under these Rules, or it is a defence under rule 165 for the driver to stop at that place; and

        (c)     if the lane is a bicycle lane—the driver drives in the lane for no more than the permitted distance.

Note

Rule 165 provides a defence to the prosecution of a driver for an offence against a provision of Part 12 (Restrictions on stopping and parking). The defence is available, for example, if the driver needs to stop to deal with a medical or other emergency.

    (4)     In this rule—

"permitted distance" means—

        (a)     for a bicycle lane or tram lane—50 metres; or

        (b)     for any other lane—100 metres.



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