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Other common road rules

Some of Queensland's other general road rules relate to:


You must have your headlights, tail-lights and number plate lights on when you drive at night or in bad weather that causes reduced visibility (such as heavy rain).

If you are driving during the day in fog or in other bad weather with reduced visibility, you may drive with your front fog lights on, with or without your headlights.

High beam headlights

You must not have your headlights on high beam if another vehicle is closer than 200m to you—this includes when you are following someone and when they are driving towards you.

You may flash your headlights briefly before overtaking another vehicle, but make sure they do not dazzle other road users. You may be fined for incorrectly using your high beam lights.

Fog lights

You can only use front or rear fog lights if it is difficult to see other vehicles or objects due to poor weather conditions—such as heavy rain or fog.

You must not use fog lights in clear weather conditions, whether it is day or night.

Riding in the back of a utility

It is an offence for a person to ride in the back of a utility (ute).

You must make sure your passengers do not travel in any part of the vehicle that is not designed for passengers. The passenger carrying area must be an enclosed part of the structure of the vehicle.

Passengers must be seated and restrained according to the seatbelt and child restraint rules.

Securing your vehicle

You must secure/lock your vehicle before leaving it parked on a road. Your vehicle is considered unattended when you are more than 3m away from it.

Before you leave the vehicle you must:

  • switch off the engine
  • apply the parking brake
  • remove the ignition key if there is no one 16 years of age or older in the vehicle
  • wind up the windows if possible—a gap of 5cm or less is acceptable
  • lock the doors if possible.

This rule applies to all road-related areas, including car parks.


If you are involved in a crash, you must stop and if you are able, give your contact details to:

  • any other driver
  • any other person injured in the crash or their representative
  • the owner of any property or vehicle that has been damaged from the crash.

You must report a crash to the police if:

  • a vehicle involved needs to be towed away
  • any driver involved fails to provide their details to any other drivers involved in the crash
  • any person involved is killed or injured.

Driving with animals

Travelling inside a vehicle

It is an offence to drive with an animal in your lap or to drive when you don't have proper control of your vehicle. We recommend animals travelling inside your vehicle be restrained in some way for the safety and welfare of the animal and the occupants of the vehicle. The road rules do not specifically require an animal to be restrained while travelling inside a vehicle.

Travelling outside a vehicle

If an animal is carried in the tray of a ute or in a trailer it is classed as a load and must be safely restrained. Read more about restraining loads.

Read about the rules for horse riders, animal-drawn vehicles and leading your animal when walking.

Last updated
21 July 2016

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