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Bicycle riding rules and fines

You must follow the same road rules as motorists if you want to cycle on Queensland roads. If you break the road rules on your bicycle you may get a fine but no demerit points are given.

Bicycle riding rules

Description of offence Legislation Fine
Riding a bicycle while not astride the rider's seat facing forwards Queensland Road Rules—Section 245 $126
Failing to keep at least one hand on the handlebars Queensland Road Rules—Section 245 $126
Riding a bicycle using other than the seat position Queensland Road Rules—Section 245 $126
Carrying more persons than the bicycle is designed for Queensland Road Rules—Section 246(1) $126
Bicycle passenger not sitting in the seat designed for the passenger Queensland Road Rules—Section 246(2) $126
Riding a bicycle with passenger not in a seat designed for a passenger Queensland Road Rules—Section 246(3) $126
Failing to stop before riding across a children's or pedestrian crossing Queensland Road Rules—Section 248(2) $126
Riding across a crossing other than as permitted Queensland Road Rules—Section 248(2) $126
Riding on the pedestrian side of a separated footpath Queensland Road Rules—Section 249 $126
Riding a bicycle not on the left of a footpath or shared path Queensland Road Rules—Section 250(1)(a) $126
Failing to give way to a pedestrian on a footpath or shared path Queensland Road Rules—Section 250(1)(b) $126
Failing to keep left of an oncoming bicycle on a path Queensland Road Rules—Section 251 $126
Disobeying a no bicycles sign or marking on a road or footpath Queensland Road Rules—Section 252(1) $126
Moving into the path of a vehicle or pedestrian and causing a traffic hazard Queensland Road Rules—Section 253 $126
Riding a bicycle being towed by another vehicle Queensland Road Rules—Section 254(1) $126
Holding on to a moving vehicle Queensland Road Rules—Section 254(2) $126
Riding a bicycle within 2m of the rear of a moving motor vehicle for more than 200m Queensland Road Rules—Section 255 $126
Bicycle rider fail to wear helmet Queensland Road Rules—Section 256(1) $126
Bicycle passenger fail to wear bicycle helmet unless exempt Queensland Road Rules—Section 256(2) $126
Ride bicycle with passenger on a bicycle not wearing an approved helmet Queensland Road Rules—Section 256(3) $126
Towing a person in a bicycle trailer other than as permitted (rider must be 16 years or older and passenger under 10 years) Queensland Road Rules—Section 257(1) $126
Riding a bicycle without brakes and a bell, horn or similar warning device Queensland Road Rules—Section 258 $126
Failing to display a light at night or in hazardous weather conditions Queensland Road Rules—Section 259 $126
Leading an animal while riding a bicycle Queensland Road Rules—Section 301(3) $126

General road rules

Keeping left, overtaking and other driving/riding rules

Description of offence Legislation Fine
Unreasonably obstructing the path of a driver, rider or pedestrian Queensland Road Rules—Section 125(1) $126
Following another vehicle too closely Queensland Road Rules—Section 126 $294
Failing to keep to the far left side of road (not a multi-lane road) Queensland Road Rules—Section 129(1) $100
Failing to keep to the left lane on a multi-lane road if the speed limit is over 80km/h Queensland Road Rules—Section 130(2) $75
Disobeying a 'Keep Left Unless Overtaking' sign on a multi-lane road Queensland Road Rules—Section 130(2) $75
Failing to keep left of oncoming vehicles Queensland Road Rules—Section 131 $50
Failing to keep left of the centre of a road Queensland Road Rules—Section 132(1) $100
Failing to keep left of centre dividing line/s Queensland Road Rules—Section 132(2) $227
Failing to keep left of double continuous dividing lines Queensland Road Rules—Section 132(3) $227
Failing to keep left of a median strip Queensland Road Rules—Section 135(1) $100
Driving/riding the wrong way on a one-way service road Queensland Road Rules—Section 136 $100
Crossing continuous line/s beside a painted island Queensland Road Rules—Section 138(1) $227
Overtaking when not safe to do so Queensland Road Rules—Section 140 $176
Overtaking or riding past a vehicle turning and signalling left to the left of that vehicle Queensland Road Rules—Section 141(2) $126
Overtaking a vehicle turning and signalling right to the right of that vehicle Queensland Road Rules—Section 142(1) $176
Overtaking a vehicle with a 'Do Not Overtake Turning Vehicle' sign that is turning and signalling left to the left of that vehicle Queensland Road Rules—Section 143(1) $176
Overtaking a vehicle with a 'Do Not Overtake Turning Vehicle' sign that is turning and signalling right to the right of that vehicle Queensland Road Rules—Section 143(2) $176
Failing to maintain a safe distance while overtaking a vehicle Queensland Road Rules—Section 144 $176
Increasing speed while being overtaken Queensland Road Rules—Section 145 $75
Failing to drive/ride in a marked lane on a multi-lane road Queensland Road Rules—Section 146(1) $100
Failing to drive/ride within a line of traffic on a road with two or more lines of traffic Queensland Road Rules—Section 146(2) $100
Crossing a continuous line dividing lanes on a multi-lane road Queensland Road Rules—Section 147(1) $100
Failing to give way when changing lanes on a multi-lane road Queensland Road Rules—Section 148(1) $378
Failing to give way when changing from one line of traffic to another Queensland Road Rules—Section 148(2) $378
Failing to give way while diverging within a marked lane Queensland Road Rules—Section 148(A) $378
Failing to give way when lines of traffic are merging into a single line Queensland Road Rules—Section 149 $378
Disobeying an overhead lane control device Queensland Road Rules—Section 152(1) $227
Driving/riding on a safety zone, or past a safety zone at an unsafe speed Queensland Road Rules—Section 162(1) $151
Using a horn or other similar warning device other than as permitted Queensland Road Rules—Section 224 $75
Failing to give way to all other nature strip users when driving/riding on a nature strip Queensland Road Rules—Section 289(2) $294
Driving/riding on a traffic island (except in a roundabout) Queensland Road Rules—Section 290 $75
Driver/rider involved in a crash failing to fulfil duties Queensland Road Rules—Section 287(2) $252
Driver/rider involved in a crash failing to give particulars to police if required Queensland Road Rules—Section 287(3) $378
Driver/rider drinking liquor while driving/riding Queensland Road Rules—Section 300A $378

Level crossings

Description of offence Legislation Fine
Failing to stop at a 'Stop' sign at a level crossing Queensland Road Rules—Section 121 $378
Failing to give way at a 'Stop' sign at a level crossing Queensland Road Rules—Section 121 $378
Failing to give way at a 'Give Way' sign or line at a level crossing Queensland Road Rules—Section 122 $378
Entering a level crossing while warning lights or bells are operating Queensland Road Rules—Section 123 $378
Entering a level crossing while a barrier is closed, closing or opening Queensland Road Rules—Section 123 $378
Entering a level crossing while a train is on or entering the crossing Queensland Road Rules—Section 123 $378
Entering a level crossing while a train is approaching and a collision is likely Queensland Road Rules—Section 123 $378
Entering a level crossing while the crossing or road beyond is blocked Queensland Road Rules—Section 123 $378
Failing to leave a level crossing as soon as practicable Queensland Road Rules—Section 124 $378
Driver/rider causing damage to rail infrastructure at a railway crossing Queensland Road Rules—Section 300D(1) $1,009
Driver/rider causing an obstruction at a level crossing Queensland Road Rules—Section 300D(2) $1,009

Mobile phones

Description of offence Legislation Fine
Drive use hand held mobile phone - bicycle Queensland Road Rules—Section 300(1) $378

Roundabouts

Description of offence Legislation Fine
Entering a roundabout from other than the left lane or left side of the road when leaving less than halfway around Queensland Road Rules—Section 111(1) $75
Disobeying a traffic lane arrow on a multi-lane roundabout Queensland Road Rules—Section 111(1) $75
Failing to signal right when approaching a roundabout and intending to leave more than halfway around Queensland Road Rules—Section 113(2) $75
Failing to give way to a vehicle when entering a roundabout Queensland Road Rules—Section 114(1)(a) $378
Failing to give way to a tram when driving/riding in a roundabout Queensland Road Rules—Section 114(2) $378
Failing to drive/ride to the left of a central traffic island on a roundabout Queensland Road Rules—Section 115(1) $75
Disobeying a traffic lane arrow when on or leaving a roundabout Queensland Road Rules—Section 116 $100
Failing to signal right before changing lanes in a roundabout Queensland Road Rules—Section 117(2) $75

Speeding

Description of offence Legislation Fine
Exceeding the speed limit by less than 13km/h  Queensland Road Rules—Section 20 $168
Exceeding the speed limit by at least 13 km/h but not more than 20km/h Queensland Road Rules—Section 20 $252
Exceeding the speed limit by more than 20km/h but not more than 30km/h Queensland Road Rules—Section 20 $420
Exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h but not more than 40km/h Queensland Road Rules—Section 20 $588
Exceeding the speed limit by more than 40km/h  Queensland Road Rules—Section 20 $1,177

Stopping and giving way

Description of offence Legislation Fine
Failing to stop at a 'Stop' sign or line at an intersection Queensland Road Rules—Section 67(2) $378
Failing to give way to a vehicle at an intersection with a 'Stop' sign or line Queensland Road Rules—Section 67(3) $378
Failing to give way to a pedestrian when turning at an intersection with a 'Stop' sign or line Queensland Road Rules—Section 67(4) $378
Failing to stop at a 'Stop' sign or line at places other than intersections, crossings or twin red lights Queensland Road Rules—Section 68(2) $378
Failing to give way to a vehicle or a pedestrian at a 'Stop' sign or line at places other than intersections, crossings or twin red lights Queensland Road Rules—Section 68(3) $378
Failing to give way at a 'Give Way' sign or line at an intersection (not a roundabout) Queensland Road Rules—Section 69(2) $378
Failing to give way at a 'Give Way' sign or line when turning left using a slip lane at an intersection (not a roundabout) Queensland Road Rules—Section 69(2A) $378
Failing to give way to a pedestrian at a 'Give Way' sign or line when turning at an intersection (not a roundabout) Queensland Road Rules—Section 69(3) $378
Failing to give way if two or more drivers/riders face a mixture of various signs/lines at an intersection Queensland Road Rules—Section 69(A) $378
Failing to give way at a 'Give Way' sign on a length of narrow road, or at a bridge Queensland Road Rules—Section 70 $378
Failing to give way at a 'Give Way' sign at other places Queensland Road Rules—Section 71(1) $378
Failing to give way at an intersection (not a T-intersection or roundabout) without traffic lights or stop/give way signs or lines Queensland Road Rules—Section 72(1) $378
Failing to give way at a T-intersection without traffic lights or stop/give way signs or lines Queensland Road Rules—Section 73(1) $378
Failing to give way when entering a road from a road-related area or adjacent land Queensland Road Rules—Section 74(1) $378
Failing to give way when entering a road-related area or adjacent land  Queensland Road Rules—Section 75(1) $378
Failing to give way to a bus displaying a priority sign and indicating right Queensland Road Rules—Section 77(1) $227
Failing to give way to an oversize vehicle under escort Queensland Road Rules—Section 79A(1) $227
Failing to stop at a children's crossing when a hand-held 'Stop' sign is displayed, or when a pedestrian/cyclist is on or entering the crossing Queensland Road Rules—Section 80(2) $378
Proceeding after stopping contrary to a hand-held 'Stop' sign at a children's crossing Queensland Road Rules—Section 80(3) $378
Proceeding after stopping while a pedestrian/cyclist is on or entering a children's crossing Queensland Road Rules—Section 80(4) $378
Failing to give way to a pedestrian/cyclist on a pedestrian crossing Queensland Road Rules—Section 81(2) $378
Passing a vehicle that is stopping at a children's or pedestrian crossing Queensland Road Rules—Section 82 $227
Failing to give way to a pedestrian in a shared zone Queensland Road Rules—Section 83 $378
Failing to give way to a vehicle when driving through a break in a dividing strip Queensland Road Rules—Section 84(1)(b) $378
Failing to give way when entering a turning lane from a painted island Queensland Road Rules—Section 85 $378
Failing to give way when entering a median turning bay to an oncoming vehicle already in the bay Queensland Road Rules—Section 86(1) $378
Failing to give way when entering traffic from the side of the road Queensland Road Rules—Section 87(1) $378
Failing to give way when entering traffic from a median strip parking area Queensland Road Rules—Section 87(3) $378

 

Traffic lights and turn signals

Description of offence Legislation Fine
Failing to signal an intention to change direction right Queensland Road Rules—Section 48(1) $75
Failing to stop at a red traffic light Queensland Road Rules—Section 56(1) $378
Failing to stop at a red traffic arrow Queensland Road Rules—Section 56(2) $378
Failing to stop at a yellow traffic light if the driver/rider could stop safely Queensland Road Rules—Section 57(1) $378
Failing to stop at a yellow traffic arrow if the driver/rider could stop safely Queensland Road Rules—Section 57(2) $378
Failing to leave an intersection entered on a yellow traffic light/arrow as soon as it is safe to do so Queensland Road Rules—Section 57(3) $378
Proceeding through a red traffic light Queensland Road Rules—Section 59(1) $378
Proceeding through a red traffic arrow Queensland Road Rules—Section 60 $378
Proceeding contrary to a red or yellow traffic light or arrow after stopping before an intersection Queensland Road Rules—Section 61(2) $378
Failing to leave an intersection as soon as it is safe to do so when a traffic light or arrow changes to red or yellow Queensland Road Rules—Section 61(5) $378
Failing to give way to a pedestrian when turning at an intersection with traffic lights Queensland Road Rules—Section 62(1) $378
Failing to give way at a 'left turn on red after stopping' sign Queensland Road Rules—Section 62(1) $378
Failing to give way to an oncoming vehicle when turning right at an intersection with traffic lights without a green right turn traffic arrow Queensland Road Rules—Section 62(1) $378
Failing to give way to a cyclist on a crossing when turning at an intersection with traffic lights Queensland Road Rules—Section 62(1) $378
Disobeying a 'Traffic Light-Stop' sign at an intersection with traffic lights not operating Queensland Road Rules—Section 63(2) $378
Failing to give way at a 'Traffic Light-Stop' sign at an intersection with traffic lights not operating Queensland Road Rules—Section 63(2) $378
Failing to give way as required at an intersection with traffic lights not operating and no 'Traffic Light-Stop' sign Queensland Road Rules—Section 63(3) $378
Failing to give way as required when turning at an intersection with a flashing yellow traffic arrow Queensland Road Rules—Section 64 $378
Failing to give way to a pedestrian on a foot crossing with a flashing yellow traffic light Queensland Road Rules—Section 65(2) $378
Obstructing a pedestrian on a foot crossing with a flashing yellow traffic light Queensland Road Rules—Section 65(2) $378
Passing a vehicle that is stopping to give way at a foot crossing with a flashing yellow traffic light Queensland Road Rules—Section 65(2) $378
Failing to stop at twin red lights (except at level crossings) Queensland Road Rules—Section 66(1) $378
Proceeding contrary to twin red lights after stopping Queensland Road Rules—Section 66(4) $378
Bicycle, bus or taxi failing to stop at a red B light Queensland Road Rules—Section 281 $378
Bicycle, bus or taxi failing to stop at a yellow B light Queensland Road Rules—Section 282 $378
Bicycle, bus or taxi stopped for red or yellow B light proceeding before a white B light, or green traffic light is displayed Queensland Road Rules—Section 284 $378
Bicycle, bus or taxi stopped before an intersection proceeding before a white B light, green traffic light or white traffic arrow is displayed Queensland Road Rules—Section 286(2) $378
Bicycle, bus or taxi failing to clear an intersection after B lights or traffic arrows change to yellow, red or turn off Queensland Road Rules—Section 286(3) $378

 

Traffic signs and road markings

Description of offence Legislation Fine
Disobeying a left turn only sign at an intersection Queensland Road Rules—Section 88(1) $100
Disobeying a 'Left Lane Must Turn Left' sign at an intersection Queensland Road Rules—Section 88(2) $100
Disobeying a right turn only sign at an intersection Queensland Road Rules—Section 89(1) $100
Disobeying a 'Right Lane Must Turn Right' sign at an intersection Queensland Road Rules—Section 89(2) $100
Disobeying a no turns sign at an intersection Queensland Road Rules—Section 90 $100
Disobeying a no left turn sign  Queensland Road Rules—Section 91(1) $100
Disobeying a no right turn sign Queensland Road Rules—Section 91(2) $100
Disobeying a directional arrow on the road at an intersection Queensland Road Rules—Section 92(1) $100
Disobeying a 'No Overtaking or Passing' sign Queensland Road Rules—Section 93(1) $176
Disobeying a 'No Overtaking on Bridge' sign Queensland Road Rules—Section 94 $176
Disobeying 'Keep Clear' markings on the road Queensland Road Rules—Section 96(1) $151
Disobeying a road access sign Queensland Road Rules—Section 97(1) $151
Disobeying a 'One Way' sign Queensland Road Rules—Section 98(1) $176
Disobeying a 'Keep Left' sign Queensland Road Rules—Section 99(1) $176
Disobeying a 'Keep Right' sign Queensland Road Rules—Section 99(2) $176
Disobeying a 'No Entry' sign Queensland Road Rules—Section 100 $176
Failing to stop at a hand-held 'Stop' sign (not at a children's crossing) Queensland Road Rules—Section 101(1) $378
Proceeding contrary to a hand-held 'Stop' sign (not at a children's crossing) Queensland Road Rules—Section 101(2) $378
Driving/riding on a safety ramp or arrester bed unless necessary for safety Queensland Road Rules—Section 101A(1) $176

 

Turning

Description of offence Legislation Fine
Turning left at an intersection from a position not near the far left side of the road Queensland Road Rules—Section 27(1) $75
Turning left at an intersection on a multi-lane road from other than the left lane Queensland Road Rules—Section 28(1) $75
Failing to turn left from a slip lane when the slip lane is not obstructed Queensland Road Rules—Section 28(1A) $75
Cyclist failing to turn left from the left side of a bicycle storage area Queensland Road Rules—Section 28(2A) $126
Disobeying a turn line when making a left turn at an intersection Queensland Road Rules—Section 29(1) $100
Turning right at an intersection from a road with a dividing line or median strip from a position not near the line or strip Queensland Road Rules—Section 31(1) $75
Turning right at an intersection from a position not near the centre of the road Queensland Road Rules—Section 31(1) $75
Turning right at an intersection on a one-way road from a position not near the far right side of the road Queensland Road Rules—Section 31(1) $75
Turning right at an intersection on a multi-lane road from other than the right lane Queensland Road Rules—Section 32(1) $75
Cyclist failing to turn right from the right side of a bicycle storage area Queensland Road Rules—Section 32(2A) $126
Turning right other than from near the centre of an intersection or as indicated by turn lines Queensland Road Rules—Section 33(1) $100
Cyclist making a hook turn other than from the far left side of the road Queensland Road Rules—Section 35(2) $126
Beginning a U-turn unsafely without a clear view of approaching traffic  Queensland Road Rules—Section 37 $100
Failing to give way when making a U-turn Queensland Road Rules—Section 38 $378
Disobeying a 'No U-turn' sign at a break in a dividing strip Queensland Road Rules—Section 39(1) $100
Disobeying a 'No U-turn' sign on a no U-turn length of road Queensland Road Rules—Section 39(2) $100
Making a U-turn at an intersection with traffic lights but without a 'U Turn Permitted' sign Queensland Road Rules—Section 40 $100
Disobeying a 'No U-turn' sign at an intersection without traffic lights Queensland Road Rules—Section 41 $100
Making a U-turn at an intersection from a position not near the left of a dividing line or median strip, or the centre of the road Queensland Road Rules—Section 42 $100
Conducting a U-turn over single or double continuous line/s Queensland Road Rules—Section 132(2A) $227

 

Sharing the road

Emergency vehicles

Description of offence Legislation Fine
Moving into the path of a police or emergency vehicle with a flashing light or alarm Queensland Road Rules—Section 78(1) $294
Failing to move out of the path of a police or emergency vehicle with a flashing light or alarm Queensland Road Rules—Section 78(2) $294
Failing to give way to a police or emergency vehicle with a flashing light or alarm Queensland Road Rules—Section 79(1) $294

Trams

Description of offence Legislation Fine
Moving into the path of an approaching tram Queensland Road Rules—Section 76(1) $126
Failing to move out of the path of an approaching tram Queensland Road Rules—Section 76(2) $126
Driving/riding in a tramway Queensland Road Rules—Section 155A $378
Proceeding if a tram stops and doors are open or passengers are crossing to left side of road Queensland Road Rules—Section 164AA(2) $176
Driving/riding past a stopped tram at a speed over 10km/h Queensland Road Rules—Section 164AA(3) $176

Bicycle road rules and safety

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Last updated
30 June 2017
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