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Road Rules 2014
Current version for 28 October 2019 to date (accessed 13 November 2019 at 11:08)
Part 18 Division 1 Rule 288
288   Driving on a path
(1)  A driver (except the rider of a bicycle) must not drive on a path, unless subrule (2) or (3) applies to the driver.
Maximum penalty—20 penalty units.
Note.
 Bicycle is defined in the Dictionary, and path is defined in subrule (6).
(2)  A driver may drive on a path if the driver is—
(a)  driving on a part of the path indicated by information on or with a traffic control device as a part where vehicles may drive, or
(b)  driving on the path to enter or leave, by the shortest practicable route, a road related area or adjacent land and there is not a part of the path indicated by information on or with a traffic control device as a part where vehicles may drive, or
(c)  permitted to drive on the path under another law of this jurisdiction.
Note.
 Adjacent land, traffic control device and with are defined in the Dictionary, and road related area is defined in rule 13.
(3)  A driver may drive a motorised wheelchair on a path if—
(a)  the unladen mass of the wheelchair is not over 110 kilograms, and
(b)  the wheelchair cannot travel above 10 kilometres per hour, and
(c)  because of the driver’s physical condition, the driver has a reasonable need to use a wheelchair.
Note.
 Wheelchair is defined in the Dictionary.
(4)  A driver on a path (except the rider of a bicycle, or a driver driving on the path to enter a road from a road related area or adjacent land, or to enter a road related area or adjacent land from a road) must give way to all other road users, and to animals, on the path.
Maximum penalty—20 penalty units.
Note 1.
 Road user is defined in rule 14.
Note 2.
 For this subrule, give way means the driver must slow down and, if necessary, stop to avoid a collision—see the definition in the Dictionary.
Note 3.
 Rules 74 and 75 deal with drivers giving way when crossing a footpath or other path to enter or leave a road related area or adjacent land.
Note 4.
 Rules 249 to 251 deal with bicycle riders riding on footpaths, separated paths and shared paths.
(5)  This rule does not apply to the rider of an animal riding the animal on a footpath.
Note 1.
 Footpath is defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 The rider of an animal on a footpath must give way to a pedestrian on the path—see rule 302.
(5A)  This rule does not apply to the rider of a motor bike (with or without a trailer attached) that is a postal vehicle if—
(a)  the rider gives way to pedestrians and other vehicles and takes reasonable precautions to avoid collision or danger or obstruction to any person or thing on or next to the path, and
(b)  the rider does not exceed 10 kilometres per hour, and
(c)  the motor bike has an engine capacity not exceeding 125 cc.
Note.
 Motor bike and postal vehicle are defined in the Dictionary.
(6)  In this rule—
path means a bicycle path, footpath or shared path.
Note.
 Bicycle path is defined in rule 239, footpath is defined in the Dictionary and shared path is defined in rule 242.