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.