Updated Road Rules for driving in N.S.W.

Updated Road Rules in N.S.W.

Road Rules and Laws are always being updated for driving in New South Wales.
Here is a helpful update on what we have watched emerge as the most recent changes to the Driving and Traffic laws for both motorists, truck drivers, bike riders and all kinds of people using the roads in New South Wales. .

Sharing the road with bike riders as a New South Wales driver:

It has always been that bike riders must be responsible road users. They share the same responsibilities as drivers in New South Wales.
All courts in NSW hear matters that are traffic and driving related, with a particularly large number of cases in Sutherland local court and Kogarah local court, as well as Manly local court and Waverley local court.

New NSW road rules:
Drivers must give bicycle riders at least a metre of space

From 1st March 2016, drivers who pass a bicycle rider must allow a distance of at least:

  • 1 metre when the speed limit is 60km/h or less
  • 5 metres when the speed limit is more than 60km/h

The New South Wales government have initiated a new plan to help combat and clarify the road rules in New South Wales about the responsibilites of drivers and bike riders in New South Wales through a Campaign called “Go Together”

Driving with a Mobile Telephone:

Now more that ever, driving whilst using a mobile phone carries a higher penalty of 4 demerit points PLUS a fine of $319 to $425, depending on whether you are a learner (L) or provisional license holder (P)  in New South Wales.
NOTE: This includes persons who are using, touching a device that is mounted to a windscreen or centre console.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that the penalty does NOT apply to you if you are stationary at a red light and /or if the phone is not being held up to the side of her head and to your ear.!
The rules state that you simply need to be using a mobile device while operating a vehicle.
The penalty applies WIDELY to anyone simply operating a mobile device system.

The New South Wales government have initiated a campaign aimed at all drivers called “Get your hand off it” to promote awareness that operating a mobile device while driving or operating a vehicle delays your ability to react in a hazardous zone-  even if you are driving at a slow speed.

The Roads and Maritime Service released the following data from 2010 to 2014 showed there were 236 crashes where hand-held mobile phone use by drivers was identified as a contributing factor.
This included seven fatal crashes and 116 injury crashes.

MOBILE PHONES
Learner or P1 driver use mobile phone while driving
$319 4 Yes Road Rules 2014
Rule 300-1
MOBILE PHONES
Drive using mobile phone when not permitted (not L or P1)
$319 4 Yes Road Rules 2014
Rule 300
MOBILE PHONES
Learner or P1 driver use mobile phone while driving (school zone)
$425 4 Yes Road Rules 2014
Rule 300-1
MOBILE PHONES
Drive using mobile phone when not permitted – not L or P1 (school zone)
$425 4 Yes Road Rules 2014
Rule 300

 

You can easily search the relevant demerit points applicable to your fine by using the helpful ‘Search Demerit Points ‘online tool created by the Roads and Maritime Service NSW.

ETB Legal attend all NSW Courts for traffic and driving matters including Sutherland local court and Kogarah local court.

 

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