Changes to road rules
Occasionally changes are made to the Queensland Road Rules to help ensure they align with the Australian Road Rules and to reduce the regulatory burden on Queenslanders.
A number of changes were implemented on 7 April 2014.
Minimum passing distance
A minimum passing distance of at least 1m in a 60km/hr or less speed zone and 1.5m if the speed limit is over 60km/h has been introduced for motorists passing cyclists. Other road rules have also been changed to allow motorists to cross centre lines, straddle lane lines or drive on painted traffic islands to make it easier for them to pass cyclists, when it is safe to do so.
This change will be trialled for 2 years to test how the 1m and 1.5m minimum passing distance works in practice.
For more information read the frequently asked questions minimum passing distance section and the overtaking and passing page.
As previously noted, the following changes were implemented on 4 October 2013.
Fines and enforcement
The fines for cyclists who break road rules are being increased to match fines given to motorists.
Further, fines for offences that apply only to cyclists, e.g. carrying a passenger on a bicycle, are being increased to make them more appropriate for the offences they deal with.
Stay wider of the rider
Why do we need to make sure there’s enough room between cyclists and motorists? Because last year 13 cyclists lost their lives on Queensland roads, and something’s got to change.
That’s why, there are new road rules being trialled from 7 April to help cyclists and motorists share the road safely. Motorists will now need to stay wider of the rider when passing.
When the speed limit is 60km/h and under, you must give cyclists at least a metre. At over 60km/h you must give them at least a metre and a half. If you can’t do that, and stay on your side of the road, then that’s okay. The new rules allow you to cross unbroken centre lines, lane lines and painted traffic islands, but only when it is safe to do so.
There are a number of changes that will affect bike riders too. Like the fines for traffic infringements that will now be equal for motorists and cyclists.
When you obey the rules, you’ll avoid the fines and help make the road safer for everyone.
To get familiar with the new rules visit the website.
Authorised by the Queensland Government, Brisbane.