Five obscure Australian traffic rules you didn’t know existed


The country’s traffic acts are full of rules and regulations that affect the way we drive and contribute to the safety of every road user. Some are obvious, such as regulations against drunk driving, while others are a little more obscure. If you drive for a living, or just want to avoid fines, check out GC Traffic Lawyers for a bit more information. In the meantime, here are five obscure Australian road rules to keep in mind.

Careful how you walk the dog

Lazy pet owners who walk the dog while they themselves take it easy can find themselves in a world of financial pain. It is illegal to tether an animal to a moving vehicle, including a bicycle, and doing so can bring you a fine of up to $141, depending on which state you’re in. So don’t be lazy – get out and walk.

Say Goodbye before you go

Do visitors make a big show of leaving by driving up the street, waving goodbye out the window and tooting the horn? If so, they are breaking the law – in fact, two laws. It is an offence in all Australian states to use the horn except as a warning of potential danger or accident. Tooting the horn to say hello can set you back $298 in NSW, $141 in Victoria and just $66 in Queensland. Sticking your arm out the window could cost you $298 in NSW, $282 in Victoria and $256 in Queensland.

Parking’s an exact science

Who would have thought that parking your vehicle should be done to a formula to ensure you don’t cop a fine. It is illegal in most states to leave your vehicle with the keys in it, leave it unlocked or without the hand brake on. While the details differ in each state, you need to do these three things before walking away from your car or face a fine. These range from $141 in Victoria, $99 in NSW and $44 in Queensland.

Don’t go backwards

Reversing can land you in hot water if the police who watch you think the distance you have travelled backwards is unreasonable. Most states have a law that makes it unlawful to reverse a vehicle ‘further than reasonable’, while some states even consider reversing up a one-way street to be driving in the wrong direction. If possible, do a u-turn or face fines that range from $141 in Victoria to a maximum of $2200 in Queensland, depending on the circumstances.

Turn down the ‘boom boom’

If your music is so loud that people outside your car can hear it, you could be in trouble. The driver of a car where music can be heard loudly out of the vehicle could be committing the traffic crime of ‘emitting offensive noise’. It doesn’t matter how good the music is, only you should be able to hear it.

Next time you are on the road, be aware that you may be committing an offence for waving, playing music too loudly or backing up the street. Chances are you’ve been committing driving offences for years – you just didn’t know it.

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