Road Rules 2014
Historical version for 30 June 2015 to 31 August 2015 (accessed 6 August 2020 at 06:24) Current version
Part 11 Division 4
Division 4 Driving in marked lanes or lines of traffic
146   Driving within a single marked lane or line of traffic
(1)  A driver on a multi-lane road must drive so the driver’s vehicle is completely in a marked lane, unless the driver is:
(a)  entering 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 a shoulder of the road), or
(b)  entering or leaving the road, or
(c)  moving from one marked lane to another marked lane, or
(d)  avoiding an obstruction, or
(e)  obeying a traffic control device applying to the marked lane, or
(f)  permitted to drive in more than one marked lane under another provision of these Rules or under another law of this jurisdiction.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note 1.
 Driver’s vehicle, marked lane, multi-lane road, obstruction, service road and traffic control device are defined in the Dictionary and shoulder is defined in rule 12.
Note 2.
 A driver is generally not permitted to move from one marked lane to another marked lane across a continuous line separating the lanes—see rule 147.
Note 3.
 Rule 148 deals with giving way when moving from one marked lane to another marked lane.
Note 4.
 An overhead lane control device may require a driver to leave a marked lane—see rule 152.
Note 5.
 Drivers of certain long vehicles are permitted to use 2 marked lanes when turning at an intersection—see rule 28 (left turns) and rule 32 (right turns).
(2)  A driver on a road with 2 or more lines of traffic travelling in the same direction as the driver, but without marked lanes, must drive so the driver’s vehicle is completely in a single line of traffic unless:
(a)  it is not practicable to drive completely in a single line of traffic, or
(b)  the driver is entering 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 a shoulder of the road), or
(c)  the driver is entering or leaving the road, or
(d)  the driver is moving from one line of traffic to another line of traffic, or
(e)  the driver is avoiding an obstruction.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note.
 Rule 148 deals with giving way when moving from one line of traffic to another line of traffic.
147   Moving from one marked lane to another marked lane across a continuous line separating the lanes
A driver on a multi-lane road must not move from one marked lane to another marked lane by crossing a continuous line separating the lanes unless:
(a)  the driver is avoiding an obstruction, or
(b)  the driver is obeying a traffic control device applying to the first marked lane, or
(c)  the driver is permitted to drive in both marked lanes under another provision of these Rules or under another law of this jurisdiction, or
(d)  either of the marked lanes is a special purpose lane in which the driver is permitted to drive under these Rules and the driver is moving to or from the special purpose lane, or
(e)  either of the marked lanes is a special purpose lane during specified times only and the driver:
(i)  is moving to or from that lane outside of the times during which it is a special purpose lane, and
(ii)  is permitted to drive in that lane outside of the times during which it is a special purpose lane under these Rules.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note 1.
 Marked lane, multi-lane road, obstruction, special purpose lane and traffic control device are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 An overhead lane control device may require a driver to leave a marked lane—see rule 152.
Note 3.
 Drivers of certain long vehicles are permitted to use 2 marked lanes when turning at an intersection—see rule 28 (left turns) and rule 32 (right turns).
Note 4.
 Rule 95 deals with driving in emergency stopping lanes, and Division 6 of this Part deals with driving in other special purpose lanes.
148   Giving way when moving from one marked lane or line of traffic to another marked lane or line of traffic
(1)  A driver who is moving from one marked lane (whether or not the lane is ending) to another marked lane must give way to any vehicle travelling in the same direction as the driver in the marked lane to which the driver is moving.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note 1.
 Marked lane and multi-lane road are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 For this rule, give way means the driver must slow down and, if necessary, stop to avoid a collision—see the definition in the Dictionary.
Examples.
 
Giving way when moving from one marked lane to another marked lane
Example 1
Example 2
In these examples, vehicle B must give way to vehicle A.
(2)  A driver on a road with 2 or more lines of traffic travelling in the same direction as the driver, and who is moving from one line of traffic to another line of traffic, must give way to any vehicle travelling in the same direction as the driver in the line of traffic to which the driver is moving.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
(3)  Subrule (2) does not apply to a driver if the line of traffic in which the driver is driving is merging with the line of traffic to which the driver is moving.
Note.
 Rule 149 deals with giving way when lines of traffic merge.
Example.
 
Giving way when moving from one line of traffic to another line of traffic when the lines are not merging
In this example, vehicle B must give way to vehicle A
148A   Giving way when moving within a single marked lane
If a driver diverges to the left or right within a marked lane, the driver must give way to any vehicle that is in the lane.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note.
 Marked lane is defined in the Dictionary.
149   Giving way when lines of traffic merge into a single line of traffic
A driver in a line of traffic that is merging with one or more lines of traffic travelling in the same direction as the driver must give way to a vehicle in another line of traffic if any part of the vehicle is ahead of the driver’s vehicle.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note 1.
 Driver’s vehicle is defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 For this rule, give way means the driver must slow down and, if necessary, stop to avoid a collision—see the definition in the Dictionary.
Example.
 
Giving way when lines of traffic merge into a single line of traffic
In this example, vehicle B must give way to vehicle A.
150   Driving on or across a continuous white edge line
(1)  A driver must not drive on or over a continuous white edge line on a road unless subrule (1A) or (1B) applies to the driver.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note 1.
 Edge line is defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 A driver must not stop at the side of a road marked with a continuous yellow edge line—see rule 169.
(1A)  A driver may drive on or over a continuous white edge line on a road if the driver is:
(a)  overtaking a vehicle that is turning right, or making a U-turn from the centre of the road, and is giving a right change of direction signal, or
(b)  driving a slow-moving vehicle, and it is necessary for the driver to drive on or over the edge line to allow the vehicle to be overtaken or passed by another vehicle, or
(c)  driving a vehicle that is too wide, or too long, to drive on the road without driving on or over the edge line, or
(d)  carrying out functions under the road transport legislation or complying with a direction given by a police officer or other person carrying out functions under the road transport legislation, or
(e)  avoiding an obstruction.
Note 1.
 Centre of the road, obstruction, overtake, right change of direction signal, road transport legislation and U-turn are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 Subrule (1A) (d) is not uniform with the corresponding paragraph in rule 150 of the Australian Road Rules. However, the corresponding paragraph in the Australian Road Rules allows another law of this jurisdiction to permit a driver to drive on or over a continuous white edge line on a road. Different rules may apply in other Australian jurisdictions.
(1B)  A driver may drive on or over a continuous white edge line on a road for up to 100 metres if the driver is:
(a)  turning at an intersection, or
(b)  entering or leaving the road, or
(c)  entering 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, a shoulder of the road or an emergency stopping lane), or
(d)  stopping at the side of the road (including any shoulder of the road).
Note.
 Intersection and service road are defined in the Dictionary, emergency stopping lane is defined in rule 95, and shoulder is defined in rule 12.
(2)  This rule does not apply to the rider of a bicycle or animal.
Note.
 Bicycle is defined in the Dictionary.
(3)  For this rule, a driver drives over a continuous white edge line on a road if:
(a)  for a line on the far left side of the road—the driver’s vehicle is wholly or partly to the left of the line, or
(b)  for a line on the far right side of the road—the driver’s vehicle is wholly or partly to the right of the line.
151   Riding a motor bike or bicycle alongside more than 1 other rider
(1)  The rider of a motor bike or bicycle must not ride on a road that is not a multi-lane road alongside more than 1 other rider, unless subrule (3) applies to the rider.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note.
 Bicycle, motor bike and multi-lane road are defined in the Dictionary, and rider is defined in rule 17.
(2)  The rider of a motor bike or bicycle must not ride in a marked lane alongside more than 1 other rider in the marked lane, unless subrule (3) applies to the rider.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note.
 Marked lane is defined in the Dictionary.
(3)  The rider of a motor bike or bicycle may ride alongside more than 1 other rider if the rider is:
(a)  overtaking the other riders, or
(b)  permitted to do so under another law of this jurisdiction.
Note.
 Overtake is defined in the Dictionary.
(4)  If the rider of a motor bike or bicycle is riding on a road that is not a multi-lane road alongside another rider, or in a marked lane alongside another rider in the marked lane, the rider must ride not over 1.5 metres from the other rider.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
(5)  In this rule:
road does not include a road related area, but includes a bicycle path, shared path and any shoulder of the road.
Note.
 Bicycle path is defined in rule 239, road related area is defined in rule 13, shared path is defined in rule 242, and shoulder is defined in rule 12.
151–1   NSW rule: lane splitting by riders of motor bikes at speeds exceeding 30 kilometres per hour
The rider of a motor bike must not ride past another motor vehicle being driven in the same direction as the rider if the rider is:
(a)  in the same marked lane as, or on a dividing line adjacent to, the vehicle while passing the vehicle, and
(b)  riding the motor bike at a speed in excess of 30 kilometres per hour.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note 1.
 Dividing line, marked lane and motor bike are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 Rule 313–2 (NSW rule: exemption for lane filtering by riders of motor bikes) exempts certain riders from rule 146 while lane filtering at a speed not exceeding 30 kilometres per hour. Lane filtering in excess of that speed may be an offence under this rule.
Note 3.
 This rule is an additional NSW rule. There is no corresponding rule in the Australian Road Rules.