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ROAD SAFETY ROAD RULES 2009 (SR NO 94 OF 2009)


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

   PART 1--INTRODUCTORY

           Division 1--General

   1.      Objectives  
   1A.     Authorising provision  
   2.      Commencement  
   3.      Revocations  

           Division 2--Some features of these Rules

   4.      Definitions  
   5.      Diagrams  
   6.      Examples  
   7.      Headings  
   8.      Notes  
   9.      Reader's Guide  
   9A.     Application of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 of the Commonwealth  
   10.     Offences  

   PART 2--APPLICATION OF RULES

           Division 1--Roads and road related areas

   11.     Rules apply to vehicles and road users on roads and road related areas  
   12.     What is a road  
   13.     What is a road related area  

           Division 2--Road users and vehicles

   14.     Road users  
   15.     What is a vehicle  
   16.     Who is a driver  
   17.     Who is a rider  
   18.     Who is a pedestrian  
   19.     References to driver includes rider etc.  

   PART 3--SPEED-LIMITS

   20.     Obeying the speed-limit  
   21.     Speed-limit where a speed-limit sign applies  
   22.     Speed-limit in a speed-limited area  
   23.     Speed-limit in a school zone  
   24.     Speed-limit in a shared zone  
   25.     Speed-limit elsewhere  

   PART 4--MAKING TURNS

           Division 1--Left turns at intersections

   26.     Application of Division to roundabouts, road related areas and adjacent land  
   27.     Starting a left turn from a road (except a multi-lane road)  
   28.     Starting a left turn from a multi-lane road  
   29.     Making a left turn as indicated by a road marking  

           Division 2--Right turns (except hook turns) at intersections

   30.     Division does not apply to certain turns  
   31.     Starting a right turn from a road (except a multi-lane road)  
   32.     Starting a right turn from a multi-lane road  
   33.     Making a right turn  

           Division 3--Hook turns at intersections

   34.     Making a hook turn at a hook turn only sign  
   35.     Optional hook turn by a bicycle rider  
   36.     Bicycle rider making a hook turn contrary to no hook turn by bicycles sign  

           Division 4--U-turns

   37.     Beginning a U-turn  
   38.     Giving way when making a U-turn  
   39.     Making a U-turn contrary to a no U-turn sign  
   40.     Making a U-turn at an intersection with traffic lights  
   41.     Making a U-turn at an intersection without traffic lights  
   42.     Starting a U-turn at an intersection  
   43.     * * * * *  

   PART 5--CHANGE OF DIRECTION AND STOP SIGNALS

           Division 1--Change of direction signals

   44.     Division does not apply to entering or leaving a roundabout  
   45.     What is changing direction  
   46.     Giving a left change of direction signal  
   47.     How to give a left change of direction signal  
   48.     Giving a right change of direction signal  
   49.     How to give a right change of direction signal  
   50.     How to give a right change of direction signal by giving a hand signal  
   51.     When use of direction indicator lights permitted  

           Division 2--Stop signals

   52.     Division does not apply to bicycle riders or certain tram drivers  
   53.     Giving a stop signal  
   54.     How to give a stop signal  
   55.     How to give a stop signal by giving a hand signal  

   PART 6--TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND TWIN RED LIGHTS

           Division 1--Obeying traffic lights

   56.     Stopping for a red traffic light or arrow  
   57.     Stopping for a yellow traffic light or arrow  
   58.     Exceptions to stopping for a red or yellow traffic light  
   59.     Proceeding through a red traffic light  
   60.     Proceeding through a red traffic arrow  
   60A.    Proceeding through a bicycle storage area before a red traffic light or arrow  
   61.     Proceeding when traffic lights or arrows at an intersection change to yellow or red  

           Division 2--Giving way at traffic lights

   62.     Giving way when turning at an intersection with traffic lights  
   63.     Giving way at an intersection with traffic lights not operating or only partly operating  
   64.     Giving way at a flashing yellow traffic arrow at an intersection  
   65.     Giving way at a marked foot crossing (except at an intersection) with a flashing yellow traffic light  

           Division 3--Twin red lights (except at level crossings)

   66.     Stopping for twin red lights (except at level crossings)  

   PART 7--GIVING WAY

           Division 1--Giving way at a stop sign, stop line, give way sign or give way line applying to the driver

   67.     Stopping and giving way at a stop sign or stop line at an intersection without traffic lights  
   68.     Stopping and giving way at a stop sign or stop line at other places  
   69.     Giving way at a give way sign or give way line at an intersection (except a roundabout)  
   70.     Giving way at a give way sign at a bridge or length of narrow road  
   71.     Giving way at a give way sign or give way line at other places  

           Division 2--Giving way at an intersection without traffic lights or a stop sign, stop line, give way sign or give way line applying to the driver

   72.     Giving way at an intersection (except a T-intersection or roundabout)  
   73.     Giving way at a T-intersection  

           Division 3--Entering or leaving road related areas and adjacent land

   74.     Giving way when entering a road from a road related area or adjacent land  
   75.     Giving way when entering a road related area or adjacent land from a road  

           Division 4--Keeping clear of and giving way to particular vehicles

   76.     Keeping clear of trams travelling in tram lanes etc.  
   77.     Giving way to buses  
   78.     Keeping clear of police and emergency vehicles  
   79.     Giving way to police and emergency vehicles  

           Division 5--Crossing and shared zones

   80.     Stopping at a children's crossing  
   81.     Giving way at a pedestrian crossing  
   82.     Overtaking or passing a vehicle at a children's crossing or pedestrian crossing  
   83.     Giving way to pedestrians in a shared zone  

           Division 6--Other give way rules

   84.     Giving way when driving through a break in a dividing strip  
   85.     Giving way on a painted island  
   86.     Giving way in median turning bays  
   87.     Giving way when moving from a side or shoulder of the road or a median strip parking area  

   PART 8--TRAFFIC SIGNS AND ROAD MARKINGS

           Division 1--Traffic signs and road markings at intersections and other places

   88.     Left turn signs  
   89.     Right turn signs  
   90.     No turns signs  
   91.     No left turn and no right turn signs  
   92.     Traffic lane arrows  

           Division 2--Traffic signs and road markings generally

   93.     No overtaking or passing signs  
   94.     No overtaking on bridge signs  
   95.     Emergency stopping lane only signs  
   96.     Keep clear markings  
   97.     Road access signs  
   98.     One-way signs  
   99.     Keep left and keep right signs  
   100.    No entry signs  
   101.    Hand-held stop signs  
   101A.   Safety ramp and arrester bed signs  

           Division 3--Signs for trucks, buses and other large vehicles

   102.    Clearance and low clearance signs  
   103.    Load limit signs  
   104.    No trucks signs  
   105.    Trucks must enter signs  
   106.    No buses signs  
   107.    Buses must enter signs  
   108.    Trucks and buses low gear signs  

   PART 9--ROUNDABOUTS

   109.    What is a roundabout  
   110.    Meaning of halfway around a roundabout  
   111.    Entering a roundabout from a multi-lane road or a road with 2 or more lines of traffic travelling in the same direction  
   112.    Giving a left change of direction signal when entering a roundabout  
   113.    Giving a right change of direction signal when entering a roundabout  
   114.    Giving way when entering or driving in a roundabout  
   115.    Driving in a roundabout to the left of the central traffic island  
   116.    Obeying traffic lane arrows when driving in or leaving a roundabout  
   117.    Giving a change of direction signal when changing marked lanes or lines of traffic in a roundabout  
   118.    Giving a left change of direction signal when leaving a roundabout  
   119.    Giving way by the rider of a bicycle or animal to a vehicle leaving a roundabout  

   PART 10--LEVEL CROSSINGS

   120.    What is a level crossing  
   121.    Stopping and giving way at a stop sign at a level crossing  
   122.    Giving way at a give way sign or give way line at a level crossing  
   123.    Entering a level crossing when a train or tram is approaching etc.  
   124.    Leaving a level crossing  
   124A.   Buses at level crossings  

   PART 11--KEEPING LEFT, OVERTAKING AND OTHER DRIVING RULES

           Division 1--General

   125.    Unreasonably obstructing drivers or pedestrians  
   126.    Keeping a safe distance behind vehicles  
   127.    Keeping a minimum distance between long vehicles  
   128.    Entering blocked intersections  

           Division 2--Keeping to the left

   129.    Keeping to the far left side of a road  
   130.    Keeping to the left on a multi-lane road  
   131.    Keeping to the left of oncoming vehicles  
   132.    Keeping to the left of the centre of a road or the dividing line  
   133.    Exceptions to keeping to the left of the centre of a road  
   134.    Exceptions to keeping to the left of a dividing line  
   135.    Keeping to the left of a median strip  
   136.    Driving on a one-way service road  
   137.    Keeping off a dividing strip  
   138.    Keeping off a painted island  
   139.    Exceptions for avoiding obstructions on a road  

           Division 3--Overtaking

   140.    No overtaking unless safe to do so  
   141.    No overtaking etc. to the left of a vehicle  
   142.    No overtaking to the right of a vehicle turning right etc.  
   143.    Passing or overtaking a vehicle displaying a do not overtake turning vehicle sign  
   144.    Keeping a safe distance when overtaking  
   145.    Driver being overtaken not to increase speed  

           Division 4--Driving in marked lanes or lines of traffic

   146.    Driving within a single marked lane or line of traffic  
   147.    Moving from one marked lane to another marked lane across a continuous line separating the lanes  
   148.    Giving way when moving from one marked lane or line of traffic to another marked lane or line of traffic  
   148A.   Giving way when moving within a single marked lane  
   149.    Giving way when lines of traffic merge into a single line of traffic  
   150.    Driving on or across a continuous white edge line  
   151.    Riding a motor bike or bicycle alongside more than 1 other rider  

           Division 5--Obeying overhead lane control devices applying to marked lanes

   152.    Complying with overhead lane control devices  

           Division 6--Driving in marked lanes designated for special purposes

   153.    Bicycle lanes  
   154.    Bus lanes  
   155.    Tram lanes  
   155A.   Tramways  
   156.    Transit lanes  
   157.    Truck lanes  
   158.    Exceptions to driving in special purpose lanes etc.  
   159.    Marked lanes required to be used by particular kinds of vehicles  

           Division 7--Passing trams and safety zones

   160.    Passing or overtaking a tram that is not at or near the left side of a road  
   161.    Passing or overtaking a tram at or near the left side of a road  
   162.    Driving past a safety zone  
   163.    Driving past the rear of a stopped tram at a tram stop  
   164.    Stopping beside a stopped tram at a tram stop  
   164A.   Tram stopping beside a driver at a tram stop  

   PART 12--RESTRICTIONS ON STOPPING AND PARKING

           Division 1--General

   165.    Stopping in an emergency etc. or to comply with another rule  
   166.    Application of Part to bicycles  

           Division 2--No stopping and no parking signs and road markings

   167.    No stopping signs  
   168.    No parking signs  
   169.    No stopping on a road with a yellow edge line  

           Division 3--Stopping at intersections and crossing

   170.    Stopping in or near an intersection  
   171.    Stopping on or near a children's crossing  
   172.    Stopping on or near a pedestrian crossing (except at an intersection)  
   173.    Stopping on or near a marked foot crossing (except at an intersection)  
   174.    Stopping at or near bicycle crossing lights (except at an intersection)  
   175.    Stopping on or near a level crossing  

           Division 4--Stopping on clearways and freeways and in emergency stopping lanes

   176.    Stopping on a clearway  
   177.    Stopping on a freeway  
   178.    Stopping in an emergency stopping lane  

           Division 5--Stopping in zones for particular vehicles

   179.    Stopping in a loading zone  
   180.    Stopping in a truck zone  
   181.    Stopping in a works zone  
   182.    Stopping in a taxi zone  
   183.    Stopping in a bus zone  
   184.    Stopping in a minibus zone  
   185.    Stopping in a permit zone  
   186.    Stopping in a mail zone  

           Division 6--Other places where stopping is restricted

   187.    Stopping in a bus lane, tram lane, tramway, transit lane, truck lane or on tram tracks  
   188.    Stopping in a shared zone  
   189.    Double parking  
   190.    Stopping in or near a safety zone  
   191.    Stopping near an obstruction  
   192.    Stopping on a bridge or in a tunnel etc.  
   193.    Stopping on a crest or curve outside a built-up area  
   194.    Stopping near a fire hydrant etc.  
   195.    Stopping at or near a bus stop  
   196.    Stopping at or near a tram stop  
   197.    Stopping on a path, dividing strip or nature strip  
   198.    Obstructing access to and from a footpath, driveway etc.  
   199.    Stopping near a postbox  
   200.    Stopping on roads—heavy and long vehicles  
   201.    Stopping on a road with a bicycle parking sign  
   202.    Stopping on a road with a motor bike parking sign  
   203.    Stopping in a parking area for people with disabilities  
   203A.   Stopping in a slip lane  

           Division 7--Permissive parking signs and parking fees

   204.    Meaning of certain information on or with permissive parking signs  
   205.    Parking for longer than indicated  
   205A.   Parking outside times indicated  
   206.    Time extension for people with disabilities  
   207.    Parking where fees are payable  

           Division 8--Parallel parking

   208.    Parallel parking on a road (except in a median strip parking area)  
   208A.   Parallel parking in a road related area (except in a median strip parking area)  
   209.    Parallel parking in a median strip parking area  

           Division 9--Angle parking

   210.    Angle parking  

           Division 10--Other parking related rules

   211.    Parking in parking bays  
   212.    Entering and leaving a median strip parking area  
   213.    Making a motor vehicle secure  

   PART 13--LIGHTS AND WARNING DEVICES

           Division 1--Lights on vehicles (except bicycles, animals and animal-drawn vehicles

   214.    Division does not apply to riders of bicycles, animals or animal-drawn vehicles  
   215.    Using lights when driving at night or in hazardous weather conditions  
   216.    Towing a vehicle at night or in hazardous weather conditions  
   217.    Using fog lights  
   218.    Using headlights on high-beam  
   219.    Lights not to be used to dazzle other road users  
   220.    Using lights on vehicles that are stopped  
   221.    Using hazard warning lights  
   222.    Using warning lights on buses carrying children  

           Division 2--Lights on animal-drawn vehicles

   223.    Using lights when riding an animal-drawn vehicle at night or in hazardous weather conditions  

           Division 3--Horns and radar detectors

   224.    Using horns and similar warning devices  
   225.    Using radar detectors and similar devices  

           Division 4--Portable warning triangles for heavy vehicles

   226.    Heavy vehicles to be equipped with portable warning triangles  
   227.    Using portable warning triangles  

   PART 14--RULES FOR PEDESTRIANS

           Division 1--General

   228.    No pedestrians signs  
   229.    Pedestrians on a road with a road access sign  
   230.    Crossing a road—general  
   231.    Crossing a road at pedestrian lights  
   232.    Crossing a road at traffic lights  
   233.    Crossing a road to or from a tram  
   234.    Crossing a road on or near a crossing for pedestrians  
   235.    Crossing a level crossing  
   235A.   Crossing a pedestrian level crossing that has a red pedestrian light  
   236.    Pedestrians not to cause a traffic hazard or obstruction  
   237.    Getting on or into a moving vehicle  
   238.    Pedestrians travelling along a road (except in or on a wheeled recreational device or toy)  
   239.    Pedestrians on a bicycle path or separated footpath  

           Division 2--Rules for persons travelling in or on wheeled recreational devices and wheeled toys

   240.    Wheeled recreational devices and toys not to be used on certain roads  
   240A.   No wheeled recreational devices or toys sign  
   241.    Travelling in or on a wheeled recreational device or toy on a road  
   242.    Travelling in or on a wheeled recreational device or toy on a footpath or shared path  
   243.    Travelling on rollerblades etc. on a bicycle path or separated footpath  
   244.    Wheeled recreational devices or wheeled toys being towed etc.  
   244A.   Meanings of scooter  
   244B.   Wearing of helmets and other requirements for users of scooters  

   PART 15--ADDITIONAL RULES FOR BICYCLE RIDERS

   245.    Riding a bicycle  
   246.    Carrying people on a bicycle  
   247.    Riding in a bicycle lane on a road  
   247A.   Entering a bicycle storage area  
   247B.   Giving way while entering or in a bicycle storage area  
   248.    No riding across a road on a crossing  
   249.    Riding on a separated footpath  
   250.    Riding on a footpath or shared path  
   251.    Riding to the left of oncoming bicycle riders on a path  
   252.    No bicycles signs and markings  
   253.    Bicycle riders not to cause a traffic hazard  
   254.    Bicycles being towed etc.  
   255.    Riding too close to the rear of a motor vehicle  
   256.    Bicycle helmets  
   257.    Riding with a person on a bicycle trailer  
   258.    Equipment on a bicycle  
   259.    Riding at night  
   260.    Stopping for a red bicycle crossing light  
   261.    Stopping for a yellow bicycle crossing light  
   262.    Proceeding when bicycle crossing lights change to yellow or red  

   PART 16--RULES FOR PERSONS TRAVELLING IN OR ON VEHICLES

   263.    Application of Part to persons in or on trams  
   264.    Wearing of seatbelts by drivers  
   265.    Wearing of seatbelts by passengers 16 years old, or older  
   266.    Wearing of seatbelts by passengers under 16 years old  
   267.    Exemptions from wearing seatbelts  
   268.    How persons must travel in or on a motor vehicle  
   269.    Opening doors and getting out of a vehicle etc.  
   270.    Wearing motor bike helmets  
   271.    Riding on motor bikes and motor cycles  
   272.    Interfering with the driver's control of the vehicle etc.  

   PART 17--ADDITIONAL RULES FOR DRIVERS OF TRAMS AND PUBLIC BUSES AND IN THE CASE OF B LIGHTS, TO OTHER VEHICLES PERMITTED TO DRIVE IN A BUS LANE

           Division 1--Trams

   273.    Division also applies to public buses travelling along tram tracks  
   274.    Stopping for a red T light  
   275.    Stopping for a yellow T light  
   276.    Exception to stopping for a red or yellow T light  
   277.    Proceeding after stopping for a red or yellow T light  
   278.    Proceeding when a red traffic light and a white T light or white traffic arrow is showing  
   279.    Proceeding when a white T light or white traffic arrow is no longer showing  

           Division 2--Public buses

   280.    Application of Division  
   281.    Stopping for a red B light  
   282.    Stopping for a yellow B light  
   283.    Exception to stopping for a red or yellow B light  
   284.    Proceeding after stopping for a red or yellow B light  
   285.    Proceeding when a red traffic light and a white B light or white traffic arrow is showing  
   286.    Proceeding when a white B light or white traffic arrow is no longer showing  

   PART 18--MISCELLANEOUS ROAD RULES

           Division 1--Miscellaneous rules for drivers

   287.    Duties of a driver involved in an accident  
   288.    Driving on a path  
   289.    Driving on a nature strip  
   290.    Driving on a traffic island  
   291.    Making unnecessary noise or smoke  
   292.    Insecure or overhanging load  
   293.    Removing fallen etc. things from the road  
   294.    Keeping control of a vehicle being towed  
   295.    Motor vehicle towing another vehicle with a towline  
   296.    Driving a vehicle in reverse  
   297.    Driver to have proper control of a vehicle etc.  
   298.    Driving with a person in a trailer  
   299.    Television receivers and visual display units in motor vehicles  
   300.    Use of mobile phones  

           Division 2--Rules for people in charge of animals

   301.    Leading an animal while driving a vehicle  
   302.    Rider of an animal on a footpath or nature strip to give way to pedestrians  
   303.    Riding an animal alongside more than 1 other rider  
   303A.   Horse riding helmets to be worn by riders under 18  

           Division 3--Obeying directions

   304.    Direction by a police officer or authorised person  

   PART 19--EXEMPTIONS

   305.    Exemption for drivers of police vehicles  
   306.    Exemption for drivers of emergency vehicles  
   307.    Stopping and parking exemption for police and emergency vehicles and authorised persons  
   308.    Exemption for police officers and emergency workers on foot  
   309.    Exemption for drivers of trams etc.  
   310.    Exemption for road workers etc.  
   311.    Exemption for oversize vehicles  
   312.    Exemption for tow truck drivers  
   313.    Exemption for postal vehicles  

   PART 20--TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES AND TRAFFIC-RELATED ITEMS

           Division 1--General

   314.    Diagrams of traffic control devices, traffic-related items and symbols  
   315.    Legal effect of traffic control devices mentioned in these Rules  
   316.    When do traffic control devices comply substantially with these Rules  
   317.    Information on or with traffic control devices  
   317A.   Traffic control devices applying on school days  
   318.    Limited effect of certain traffic control devices  
   319.    Legal effect of traffic-related items mentioned in these Rules  
   320.    When do traffic-related items comply substantially with these Rules  
   321.    Meaning of information on or with traffic control devices and traffic-related items  
   322.    References to traffic control devices and traffic-related items on a road etc.  
   323.    References to lights that are traffic signals  
   323A.   Audible lines  

           Division 2--Application of traffic control devices to lengths of roads and areas

   324.    Purpose of Division  
   325.    References to traffic control devices—application to lengths of road and areas  
   326.    When do traffic control devices apply to a length of road or area—the basic rules  
   327.    Length of road to which a traffic sign (except a parking control sign) applies  
   328.    References to a traffic control device applying to a length of road  
   329.    Traffic control devices applying to a marked lane  
   330.    Traffic control devices applying to a slip lane  
   331.    Traffic control devices applying to an intersection  
   332.    Parking control signs applying to a length of road  
   333.    Parking control signs applying to a length of road in an area to which another parking control sign applies etc.  
   334.    How parking control signs apply to a length of road  
   335.    Traffic control devices applying to an area  
   336.    How separated footpath signs and separated footpath road markings apply  

           Division 3--Application of traffic control devices to persons

   337.    Purpose of Division  
   338.    References to traffic control devices—application to persons  
   339.    When do traffic control devices apply to a person—the basic rules  
   340.    Traffic control devices (except road markings and parking control signs)  
   341.    Road markings  
   342.    Traffic signs (except parking control signs) applying to a length of road  
   343.    Traffic signs (except parking control signs) applying to an area  
   344.    Traffic control devices applying to a driver in a marked lane  
   345.    Traffic control devices applying to a driver in a slip lane  
   346.    Parking control signs  

   PART 21--GENERAL

   347.    Meaning of abbreviations and symbols  
   348.    References to a driver doing something etc.  
   349.    References to certain kinds of roads  
   350.    References to stopping or parking on a length of road etc.  
   351.    References to left and right  
   352.    References to stopping as near as practicable to a place  
   353.    References to pedestrians crossing a road  

   PART 22--ADDITIONAL VICTORIAN ROAD RULES

   400.    Definitions  
   401.    Obstructing roads  
   402.    Giving way to stock  
   403.    Requirement to travel at a safe speed near stock  
   404.    Requirement to stop at a stock crossing  
   405.    Vehicles must not be driven with an empty bicycle carrier attached  
   406.    Accompanying licensed drivers and excessive speed  
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