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Queensland Road Rules

The Queensland Road Rules that significantly differ from the Australian Road Rules are as follows:

Keeping left

A driver must give a minimum distance when passing a bicycle rider of one metre when the speed limit is not more than 60km/h and 1.5 metres if the speed limit is over 60km/h. A driver may drive cross the centre of the road (including over double lines) to pass a bicycle.

Motorcycles

An open licence motorcycle rider may lane or edge filter if it is safe and they don’t ride faster than 30km/h. Lane filtering is riding between stationary or slow moving vehicles. Edge filtering is riding on a sealed road shoulder, or emergency stopping lane, past stationary or slow moving traffic on roads, where the speed limit is 90km/h.

A motorcycle rider is not required to provide a change of direction signal if they are lane filtering.

Quad bikes and utility off-road vehicles

Quad bike passengers must be at least 8 years old and when seated, their feet must reach the footrests provided for use by a pillion passenger.

Utility off-road vehicle passengers when seated must have their feet placed flat on the floor and if there is one, hold the vehicle’s handrail.

Special purpose lanes

Taxis and bicycles are permitted to drive in bus and tram lanes.

Personal mobility devices (PMD)

Personal mobility devices are allowed in Queensland. A vehicle is a PMD if the vehicle:

  • is designed to be self-balancing while a person is using the vehicle; and
  • has 2 wheels that operate on a single axis; and
  • is propelled by an electric motor; and
  • cannot reach a speed of more than 20km/h; and
  • has a control that can limit the vehicle’s speed to 12km/h or less; and
  • is no more than 850mm at the vehicle’s widest part; and
  • weighs 60kg or less when the vehicle is not carrying a person or other load.

PMD users:

  • must:
    • be at least 12 years old to use a PMD and must be supervised by an adult if they are under 16
    • wear an approved bicycle helmet
    • keep to the left of the path unless it is impracticable and must give way to pedestrians on the path
    • keep to the left of any oncoming bicycle rider or other PMD user while on a bicycle path, footpath, separated footpath or shared path.
  • may:
    • use any part of a separated footpath.

Animals

A person must not ride or lead an animal on a road if it is practicable to ride or lead the animal on a road-related area.

A driver that is made aware of a restive horse must drive as near as practicable to the far left side of the road and stop their vehicle’s engine. The driver must not move until they are sure their vehicle’s engine or its movement will not aggravate the horse.

Last updated
27 September 2017
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