Road Rules 2008
Current version for 1 October 2014 to date (accessed 29 November 2014 at 20:42)

134   Exceptions to keeping to the left of a dividing line

(1)  This rule applies to a driver on a road with a dividing line.
Note. Dividing line is defined the Dictionary.
(2)  If the dividing line is a single broken dividing line only, or a broken dividing line to the left of a single continuous dividing line, or 2 parallel broken dividing lines, the driver may drive to the right of the dividing line:
(a)  to overtake another driver, or
(b)  to perform a U-turn, unless another rule would prohibit the driver performing the U-turn.
Note 1. Overtake is defined the Dictionary.
Note 2. A driver must not overtake another driver unless the driver has a clear view of any approaching traffic, and it is safe to overtake the other driver—see rule 140.
(3)  If the dividing line is a single continuous line or broken dividing line, or a broken dividing line to the left or right of a single continuous dividing line, or 2 parallel broken dividing lines, the driver may drive to the right of the dividing line:
(a)  to enter or leave the road, or
(b)  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
(c)  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.
Note 1. Angle parking, overtake, parking area and U-turn are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2. Emergency stopping lane is defined in rule 95, and service road is defined in the Dictionary.
(3–1)  Without limiting subrule (2) or (3), a driver on a road with a dividing line (whether or not continuous) may drive to the right of the dividing line to enter or leave the road by the shortest practicable route.
Note. This subrule is an additional NSW subrule. There is no corresponding subrule in rule 134 of the Australian Road Rules.
Examples. 

Example 1

Driving to the right of the centre of the road permitted—overtaking on a road with a broken dividing line only

Example 2

Driving to the right of the centre of the road permitted—overtaking on a road with a broken dividing line to the left of a single continuous dividing line

Example 2A

Driving across a single continuous dividing line is permitted to enter or leave the road

Example 2B

Driving across a single continuous dividing line is permitted to leave the road to enter a road related area

Example 2C

Driving across a single continuous dividing line to the left of a broken dividing line is permitted to enter or leave the road

Example 3

Driving to the right of the centre of the road not permitted—overtaking on a road with a single continuous dividing line only

Example 4

Driving to the right of the centre of the road not permitted—overtaking on a road with a single continuous dividing line to the left of a broken dividing line

Example 5

Driving to the right of the centre of the road not permitted—overtaking on a road with 2 parallel continuous dividing lines

Note on examples. These examples do not include the crossing of a dividing line as permitted by subrule (3–1).
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