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Updated: Oct 11, 2022

Most Queensland drivers are unaware of these fundamental road rules – are you one of them?

While the fundamental elements of driving are instilled in us by the time we take our first learner driver test, it’s shocking how frequently these rules are broken. Illegal U-turns, tailgating, use of mobile phones… what are the most commonly broken road rules in Queensland?

All rules are outlined as per the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 2009.

Not Giving Way on Roundabouts

A driver entering a roundabout must give way to any vehicle already in the roundabout.

Many people in Queensland do not adhere to this rule. The penalty for failing to give way when entering or driving in a roundabout will lead to a maximum penalty of 20 units (approx. $2996 in fines).

Further, many drivers entering and exiting roundabouts fail to use their indicators correctly.

Indicating Direction When Entering and Exiting a Roundabout

Exiting Roundabouts

In 2022, the standard is to indicate left when exiting the roundabout whether you are turning left, right, doing a U-Turn or going straight ahead.

Entering Roundabouts

As you enter the roundabout, you must indicate left if you are turning left and indicate right if you are turning right or doing a U-Turn. If you are travelling straight ahead you do not need to indicate your direction upon entering – however as stated above must still indicate left upon exiting.

Improper use or failure of indicating your direction on roundabouts can lead to a maximum penalty of 20 units.

Illegal U-Turns

In Queensland, U-turns are only permitted when the driver has a clear view of any approaching traffic and can reasonably make the U-turn without obstructing the movement of traffic. Drivers making a U-turn must give way to all vehicles and pedestrians.

Failure to do so can lead to a maximum penalty of 20 units.

It is also illegal to do a U-turn at an intersection with traffic lights where there is no sign permitting you to do so.

Use of Mobile Phones

Mobile Phone use while driving is still a commonly charged offence even with new regulated fines and Mobile Phone cameras.

If you are found guilty of using your phone whilst driving, you can now face fines of over $1,000 and could be issued up to four demerit points in Queensland. Read more here.

Failure to Keep A Safe Distance Behind Vehicles – Tailgating

Tailgating has been a persistent problem for Queensland road users, as many continue to drive far too close to the vehicle ahead of them. This is often the cause for collisions as drivers haven’t allowed sufficient room to stop safely.

You can face 20 penalty units if you fail to keep a safe distance behind vehicles - approximately $2,700 in fines.

It’s important to remind yourself of these fundamental rules of driving - to remain safe and avoid potential accidents. Yet, if you or a loved one has recently come through with a traffic-related charge, you may be searching for the assistance of a professional Traffic Lawyer. We are well equipped to help you.

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