There is always a slight tension whenever drivers and cyclists share the roads and that only grows when one of these parties tries a risky manoeuvre.
It’s why road rules which prevent cyclists from moves like overtaking a car on the left-hand side when they are turning left.
With the potential for this move to spark a serious accident, police are ready to apprehend any cyclists who aren’t paying attention to the world around them. So how much could this error cost them?
Road rules protecting drivers
Cyclists could find themselves at serious risk of injury if they try to sneak up the inside of a turning car and the drivers fail to see them coming.
It’s why the second part of Rule 141 of the Australian Road Rules strictly forbids cyclists from overtaking cars on their left-hand side if it signals to turn left.
For the rule to be effective, the driver must have their left-hand indicator on to signal they are turning so that the cyclist has a visual clue that they could be turning.
With a rider’s safety at risk should they break the rule, it is a law that has been adopted into state legislation throughout all of Australia.
Fining cyclists for breaking road rules
With this being considered a dangerous move, cyclists can expect themselves to be fined severely should any local police officers catch them undertaking turning cars.
All states have fines for breaking this rule and many of these stretch into triple figures. Some of these fines include:
NSW: Cyclists across New South Wales will find themselves being given a $116 fine from NSW Police if they are found to be undertaking turning vehicles.
VIC: Any cyclist in Victoria found overtaking a turning car could find themselves being issued with a fine of $182 from local authorities.
QLD: Queensland cyclists will find themselves getting slapped with a fine of $130 if they are caught undertaking cars turning left by Queensland Police.
SA: Police in South Australia can fine cyclists $154 if they are seen overtaking cars on their left-hand side and they are turning left.
WA: Anyone in Western Australia found passing a vehicle on their left-hand side as it’s turning left will get hit by a fine of $100 if caught by the local authorities.
TAS: Tasmanian cyclists will find themselves getting a fine of $130 should police catch them overtaking cars on the left-hand side if they are turning left.
ACT: Cyclists in Canberra could get slapped with a $154 fine if they are caught by ACT Police passing cars on their left-hand side as they are turning left.
With this move having the potential to injure both cyclists and drivers, it makes a lot of sense to have these road rules in place and enforced by local police forces all around the country.
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