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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 1.5m 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 major roads – such as highways and freeways, 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

Personal mobility devices (rideables) are allowed in Queensland. Personal mobility device users must:

  • be at least 16 years of age, or 12 with adult supervision
  • wear an approved bicycle helmet, that is securely fitted, at all times (unless an exemption has been granted for medical or religious reasons)
  • not carry passengers
  • not use a mobile device
  • not drink and ride
  • have a working flashing or steady white light on the front, and a red light and reflector at the rear when travelling at night or in hazardous conditions.

When riding on a path, you must:

  • keep left and give way to pedestrians.
  • travel at a speed that allows you to stop safely to avoid colliding with a pedestrian.
  • travel at a safe distance from a pedestrian so you can avoid a collision.
  • keep left of oncoming bicycles and other personal mobility devices.
  • only use the bicycle side of a shared path.

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.