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 4 October 2013.
Fines and enforcement
A police fine for illegally stopping in a disabled parking bay will now cost you $220.
Seatbelts for passengers under 16 years of age
A child between the ages of 4 and 7 years old must not sit in the front row of a vehicle which has 2 or more rows of seats unless all the other seats are occupied by children who are also less than 7 years old.
This change clarifies that a 4–6 year old can sit in the front row of a vehicle which has 2 rows of seats if 2 occupied approved child restraints in the back row make the empty seating position, between the restraints, impossible to fit another approved child restraint or booster seat.
Vehicles turning at a roundabout must signal on the approach as well as on entry to the roundabout (Amended Sections 112 and 113).
Additional rules for cyclists at traffic lights, arrows and twin red lights
Cyclists are now allowed to ride across a signalised pedestrian crossing. Vehicles must give way to cyclists and pedestrians at these crossings.
Motorbikes and animals
On a motorbike you cannot have an animal ride on the petrol tank or between the handlebars and riders arms.
Keeping left, overtaking and other driving rules
Rules for turning across different types of dividing line (the centre line) have some new illustrations (Amended sections 132 and 134).
Driving across a single continuous dividing line is permitted to enter or leave the road.
Driving across a single continuous dividing line to the left of a broken dividing line is permitted to enter or leave the road.
Driving across a single continuous dividing line is permitted to leave the road to enter a road-related area.
Driving across a single continuous dividing line to make a U-turn is not permitted.
Driving across a single continuous dividing line to the left of a broken dividing line to make a U-turn is not permitted.
Driving across 2 parallel continuous dividing lines to make a U-turn is not permitted.
Restrictions on stopping and parking
Diagrams have been added to show you the meaning of the rule about double parking (Amended section 189).
Double parking on a 2-way road without a dividing line.
Double parking on a 2-way road with a dividing line.
Double parking on the right side of a 1-way road with no vehicles parked on the left side of the road.
Double parking on the left side of a 1-way road with other vehicles lawfully parked on the right side of the road.
Lights and warning devices
This rule is about using portable warning triangles for heavy vehicles under Section 227.
A driver of a vehicle with a GVM over 12 tonnes is required to position portable warning triangles between 50m and 150m in front of and behind a disabled vehicle or fallen load. Following a NSW coronial inquest into a fatal crash in 2006, the recommendation included a review of the placement of portable warning triangles in circumstances where the vehicle breaks down on a higher speed road.
This amendment will provide an increased measure of safety to the driver of a broken down vehicle and other road users by increasing the distance requirement for placing warning triangles on higher speed roads. If the road has a speed limit of 80km/h or more then the distance between the triangles must be between 200m and 250m before and after the broken down vehicle.