Opinion

New rules on lane filtering put onus on rider

IN TRAFFIC recently, a motorcyclist weaved his way around my car and others, leaving me and my carload of kids sitting "patiently" waiting for the traffic to move.

Along with catching the attention of my daredevil five-year-old daughter, the manoeuvre caught my attention in light of changes to road rules.

On February 1, Queensland motorcycle riders will wake up to changes to road rules that align more with New South Wales.

The changes regulate certain motorcyclist manoeuvres.

The amendments define lane filtering as riding a motorbike between:

  •  Adjacent lines of traffic travelling the same direction as the motorbike; or
  •  Two vehicles (regardless of whether the rider remains within a single marked lane) each travelling in:
  •  The same direction as the motorbike; and
  •  In separate but adjacent marked lanes.

Lane filtering will only be permitted if the rider:

  •  Holds an O-type licence for their particular class of motorbike;
  •  Rides at a speed less than 30kmh;
  •  Is not riding in a school zone; and
  •  Ensures it is safe to do so.

The changes also introduce the definition of "edge filtering" as the act of a motorcyclist riding along the edge of the road to pass one or more vehicles.

The new regulations stipulate that if a motorcyclist wishes to edge filter, they must ensure that:

  •  They hold an O-type licence for their particular class of motorbike;
  •  The speed limit is more than 90kmh;
  •  They do not exceed 30kmh;
  •  They do not ride on any unsealed part of the road; and
  •  It is safe to do so.

These changes place a greater onus on the judgment of the motorcyclist to ensure they are not putting themselves and others at risk of an accident.

Topics:  motorcycle, opinion, road rules




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