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ROAD SAFETY ROAD RULES 2017 - REG 138

Keeping off a painted island

Rule 138(1) amended by S.R. Nos 35/2021 rule 7(1), 135/2021 rule 49(1).

    (1)     A driver must not drive on or over a single continuous line, or 2 parallel continuous lines, along a side of or surrounding a painted island, except as permitted under this rule, rule 139(4) 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.

Notes

1     Painted island is defined in the dictionary.

2     Rule 139 deals with avoiding obstructions on a road.

Note 3 to rule 138(1) inserted by S.R. No. 35/2021 rule 7(2), amended by S.R. No. 135/2021 rule 49(2).

3     Rule 144A(2) deals with driving on or over a single continuous line, or 2 parallel continuous lines (other than 2 continuous yellow lines parallel to tram tracks), along a side of or surrounding a painted island to pass a bicycle or an electric scooter.

Example

Painted island surrounded by 2 parallel continuous lines.

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In this example, vehicle B is contravening the rule.

    (2)     A driver may drive on or over a single continuous line along the side of or surrounding a painted island for up to 50 metres—

        (a)     to enter or leave the road; or

        (b)     to enter a turning lane that begins immediately after the painted island; or

        (c)     to enter a part of the road of one kind from a part of the road of another kind (for example, moving to or from a service road or emergency stopping lane); or

        (d)     to park in angle parking on the opposite side of the road provided that the driver does not need to perform a U-turn to reach the parking area.

Notes

1     "Angle parking", parking area , service road , turning lane and U-turn are defined in the dictionary. Emergency stopping lane is defined in rule 95.

2     Rule 85 deals with the give way rules applying to a driver entering a turning lane from a painted island and rule 197 deals with stopping on painted islands.

3     Subrule (3) excludes certain painted islands from the application of paragraph (a).

    (3)     Subrule (2)(a) does not apply in the case of a painted island—

        (a)     that separates a road that takes vehicles in one direction from another road that takes vehicles in the same direction at a place where the roads merge; or

        (b)     that separates one part of a road from other parts of the road to create a slip lane.

Note

Slip lane is defined in the dictionary.

Examples

Example 1

Example 2

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In these examples, vehicle B is contravening the rule.



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