Confusion about when to keep left
THERE appears to be confusion among some drivers about the requirement to keep left on a multi-lane road.
From time to time comments have been appearing in the paper criticising drivers for not driving in the left lane of multi-lane roads in and around Gladstone.
From these comments it appears some people think all drivers must drive in the left lane on all roads if not overtaking.
However, this is not the case.
Section 130 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management-Road Rules) Regulation 2009 outlines the requirements for driving on multi-lane roads.
A driver must not drive in the right lane on a multi-lane road if the speed limit is greater than 80kmh or if there is an official traffic sign indicating to keep left unless overtaking.
Once the speed limit is greater than 80kmh, drivers are required to move into the left lane whether a sign exists or not.
A driver must not drive in the right lane on these roads unless the driver is turning right, making a u-turn, overtaking or there are only two marked lanes and the left lane is a slow vehicle turn-out lane.
On multi-lane roads in Gladstone such as Dawson Highway, where the speed limit is 60kmh and there is no sign indicating to keep left unless overtaking, drivers are quite entitled to drive in the right lane.