Road rules made uniform across border
CENTRE for Road Safety general manager Marg Prendergast has announced minor amendments would soon be made to clarify some NSW road rules and create greater consistency between Australian states and territories.
"From September 1, some minor, common sense changes and clarifications will be made to our road rules," Ms Prendergast said.
"These include expanding the types of motorcycles Australia Post workers can ride on the footpath to deliver mail and making it clear a motorcyclist can put his or her feet on the ground if they are riding below 10km/h, to assist with parking or coming to a stop.
"All up there are 15 minor amendments, most of them minor common sense changes that will make life easier for motorists while maintaining the highest safety standards.
"The changes will also rectify the current problem where tow trucks without approved restraints can't transport children under one year of age from a crash or breakdown site.
"Given the need to safely relocate all people involved in a crash or breakdown away from the road, one of the changes will allow these children to ride on another passenger's lap in a tow truck when no suitable child restraint is available."
The changes also include ensuring children aged seven and under are properly secured, even in slow-moving vehicles such as those used for deliveries and garbage collection, and that booster seats must be used with either a lap-and-sash seat belt - not a lap-only belt - if not being used with an approved child safety harness.
"The Centre for Road Safety is working with its counterparts throughout Australia to streamline road rules and make them easier to understand and remember," Ms Prendergast said.
"If you're driving from Byron Bay to Brisbane or Wagga to Wodonga, we want to ensure it's as easy as possible to ensure you're following the rules when you cross the border."
Other changes simply clarify existing road rules so they are easier for drivers to understand. These include:
A driver approaching a chicane, single lane bridge or narrow stretch of road with a "Give Way" sign, must give way to any oncoming vehicle that is already on or approaching that narrow stretch.
Following Transport for NSW's trial of wide centre lines on the Newell Highway, designed to keep vehicles further apart, the rules have been amended to allow drivers to cross two parallel broken wide centre lines.
Full explanations of all changes are available from the National Transport Commission at http://www.ntc.gov.au