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ROAD SAFETY ROAD RULES 2017 - REG 132

Keeping to the left of the centre of a road or the dividing line

Rule 132(1) amended by S.R. Nos 35/2021 rule 5(1), 135/2021 rule 47(1).

    (1)     A driver on a two-way road without a dividing line or median strip must drive to the left of the centre of the road, except as permitted under rule 133, 139(1) or 144A(2).

Penalty:     In the case of a bicycle or an electric scooter, 3 penalty units;

In the case of any other vehicle, 5 penalty units.

Notes

1     Centre of the road , dividing line , median strip and two-way road are defined in the dictionary.

2     For the meaning of driving to the left of something, see rule 351(3).

3     Rule 133 deals with driving to the right of the centre of the road to overtake another vehicle, to enter or leave a road, to move from one part of the road to another, or because of the width or condition of the road. Rule 139(1) deals with driving to the right of the centre of the road to avoid an obstruction.

Note 4 to rule 132(1) inserted by S.R. No. 35/2021 rule 5(2), amended by S.R. No. 135/2021 rule 47(2).

4     Rule 144A(2) deals with driving to the right of the centre of the road to pass a bicycle or an electric scooter.

Rule 132(2) amended by S.R. Nos 35/2021 rule 5(3), 135/2021 rule 47(1).

    (2)     A driver on a road with a dividing line must drive to the left of the dividing line, except as permitted under rule 134, 139(2) or 144A(2).

Penalty:     In the case of a bicycle or an electric scooter, 5 penalty units;

In the case of any other vehicle, 10 penalty units.

Note to rule 132(2) amended by S.R. Nos 35/2021 rule 5(4), 135/2021 rule 47(3).

Note

Rule 134 deals with driving to the right of the dividing line to overtake another vehicle, to enter or leave a road, or to move from one part of the road to another. Rule 139(2) deals with driving to the right of the dividing line to avoid an obstruction. Rule 144A(2) deals with driving to the right of the dividing line to pass a bicycle or an electric scooter.

The effect of this subrule, in relation to continuous dividing lines, is as follows—

    •     in the case of a dividing line that is only a single continuous dividing line, or that is a broken dividing line to the right of a single continuous dividing line, a driver may only drive to the right of such a line in the circumstances set out in rules 134(3) and 139(2) (as supplemented by rule 139(3));

    •     in the case of a dividing line that is a single continuous dividing line to the right of a broken dividing line, a driver may only drive to the right of such a line in the circumstances set out in rules 134(2) and (3) and 139(2);

    •     in the case of a dividing line that is 2 parallel continuous dividing lines, a driver may only drive to the right of such a line in the circumstances set out in rule 139(2) (as supplemented by rule 139(3)).

Rule 132(2A) amended by S.R. No. 135/2021 rule 47(1).

    (2A)     A driver on a road with a single continuous dividing line, a single continuous dividing line to the left of a broken dividing line or 2 parallel continuous dividing lines must not drive across the dividing lines to perform a U-turn.

Penalty:     In the case of a bicycle or an electric scooter, 5 penalty units;

In the case of any other vehicle, 10 penalty units.

Examples

Example 1



Driving across a single continuous dividing line to make a U-turn is  not permitted

Example 2

Driving across a single continuous dividing line to the left of a broken dividing line to make a U-turn is not  permitted

Example 3



Driving across 2 parallel continuous dividing lines to make a U-turn is not permitted

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Rule 132(3) amended by S.R. No. 35/2021 rule 5(5).

    (3)     This rule, and rules 133, 134, 139(1) and (2) and 144A(2), apply to a service road to which a two-way sign applies as if it were a separate road, but do not apply to any other service road.

Notes

1     Service road is defined in the dictionary.

2     Rule 136 deals with driving on a service road
without a two-way sign .

    (4)     In this rule—

"road" does not include a footpath, nature strip, bicycle path, separated footpath or shared path.

Note

Footpath and nature strip are defined in the dictionary. Bicycle path and separated footpath are defined in rule 239 and shared path is defined in rule 242.

Two-way sign

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Note for diagram

There is another permitted version of the two-way sign— see the diagram in Schedule 3.

Examples for subrule (2)

Example 1


Driving to the left of a single continuous dividing line only

Example 2

Driving to the left of a single continuous dividing line to the left of a broken dividing line

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Example 3

Driving to the left of
2 parallel continuous dividing lines

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