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Journeys : Feb March 2010
Some of the key changes include the following: NEW ROAD RULES FOR DRIVERS Drivers should become familiar with these new r ules, as well as all other road rule changes and follow them. In doing so, drivers will help make the roads safer for themselves and other road user s. Some of the key changes for driver s include: u At an intersection, a driver must stop at the first stop line and must not enter a bicycle storage area for cyclists when the traffic light is red. u If a driver is blocking a driveway, the driver is only allowed two minutes to pick up or drop off passenger s and must not leave the vehicle unattended. People with disabilities have five minutes. u A driver must not have another person or animal on their lap. u If two vehicles, for example a bicycle and a car or two motorcycles, are travelling in the same single marked lane and one vehicle diverges to the left or right within the marked lane, the diverging vehicle must give way. u A driver can only operate front or rear fog lights if driving in fog or other hazardous weather conditions.You also must not use a light on a vehicle that dazzles or is likely to dazzle another road user. u Drivers must now ensure windows of a motor vehicle are secured (in addition to locking the vehicle) if moving more than three metres away from the vehicle (unless vehicle is attended by a person aged 16 years or more). u It is not only illegal to drive a vehicle with a device used to detect speed measuring devices, but now it will be illegal to tow a trailer with such a device in or on it. MOBILE PHONES Using a mobile phone while driving is banned except to make or receive a phone call provided the phone: u is secured in a commercially designed holder fixed to the vehicle; or u can be operated by the driver without touching the body of the phone. All other functions (including video calls, texting and emailing) are prohibited. Holding the phone (whether or not engaged in a phone call) is also prohibited. 'Holding' includes resting the mobile on the driver's lap, or between the chin and shoulder or passing the phone to a passenger. SEATBELTS It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that all passengers in the car are wearing a seatbelt or a child restraint. Drivers must now also ensure that adult passengers wear a seatbelt. When all seatbelts or child restraints are used, no extra unrestrained passengers can travel in the vehicle. PARKING As a driver, don't park in a slip lane or on a painted island. If you are parking opposite a single line, double lines or a dividing strip, keep at least three metres of road clear for traffic (unless there is a sign to show differently). MOTORISED SCOOTERS (i.e. 'Wheeled Recreational Devices') The riders of motorised scooter s will be permitted in some areas but must wear an approved bicycle helmet. As with other wheeled recreational devices, motorised scooters: u can be used on paths and roads where the speed limit is 50 km/h or less but cannot be used on roads with dividing lines or median strips; u must keep to the left on roads and paths and must not be ridden two abreast; u must not be used on the road at night except if crossing by the shor test route, for example at an inter section, although they can be used on paths at night; and u must give way to walker s and be ridden with due care and attention. CHILD RESTRAINTS To comply with the new child restraint rules you have to: u know which is the correct child restraint(s) to use; and u ensure that each child passenger is wearing a properly fitted and fastened approved child restraint suitable for their age every time you drive a car. See the fact sheet at www.dier.tas.gov.au or obtain a brochure from Ser vice Tasmania. Fur ther advice on appropriate child restraints and fitting ser vices is also available from organisations such as Kidsafe and RACT or check your telephone or business director y for local providers. PEDESTRIANS When walking along a road make sure you walk on any footpath or nature strip fir st, but if you have to walk along the road it must now be on the same side as, and facing, oncoming traffic unless it is impracticable to do so. CYCLISTS If you are a bicycle passenger, make sure you are wearing an approved bicycle helmet and sitting on a proper seat. If you are using the bicycle storage area ensure you keep clear of the pedestrian area. MOTORCYCLISTS There are three new rules for motorcyclists: u No pillion passengers under eight years old. A child under eight year s of age can't be carried as a passenger on a motorcycle, unless in a sidecar. u Travelling in a sidecar. When a sidecar is used, it can only carry the number of passenger s for which it is designed, and the passengers must be seated. u No animals between rider and handlebar s. Animals can't be carried between the rider and the handlebars of a motorcycle. OTHER ROAD RULE CHANGES There have been a number of other changes to the road rules. A full version of the road rules can be viewed at www.thelaw.tas.gov.au Depar tment of Infrastructure, Energy & Resources Road rules have changed. For all the details, fact sheets are available from Service Tasmania or at www.dier.tas.gov.au. 3625 NEW RULES SAFER ROADS February / March 10 36
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