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$370 fine for drivers who do this annoying act

Drivers can be slapped with a hefty fine if they are caught doing this common road act.

Cars on the road in Sydney, NSW. Australian money notes. Fine concept.
Drivers can be slapped with a hefty fine if they are caught breaking this rule. (Source: Getty)

Drivers who speed up when being overtaken aren’t just being annoying, they are also breaking the law.

Motorists can be slapped with hefty fines if they are caught doing this fairly common act. In Victoria, for instance, drivers can face a $370 on-the-spot fine and two demerit points for increasing their speed while being overtaken. The maximum penalty for the offence is a whopping $1,849, according to VicRoads.

Meanwhile, New South Wales drivers can be slapped with a $362 fine and three demerit points if they are caught speeding up while another car tries to overtake them.

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The NSW government said drivers must not increase their speed when another vehicle is “crossing a divided line or the centre of the road” to overtake them.

Drivers should stay in their lane, keep left and allow room for the overtaking vehicle to pass and move back into the lane, the NSW government said.

In Queensland, drivers face a smaller penalty of $86 and two demerit points. South Australian drivers can be hit with a $278 fine, while Western Australian drivers can cop a $200 fine and two demerit points.

Meanwhile, Tasmanian motorists can receive a $173 fine and one demerit point, and Northern Territory drivers risk being issued a court notice.

School zones back

It’s not the only speeding offence drivers need to watch out for. With Aussie kids now back at school, drivers are being warned to slow down while passing through school zones.

In Australia, school zones generally have a 40km/h speed limit and this usually applies in the morning and afternoon on school days, with times varying depending on your area.

The rules are different in South Australia, where school zones have a 25km/h speed limit and this applies throughout the year, whenever a child is present.

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