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Road Rules 2014
Current version for 1 February 2019 to date (accessed 25 June 2019 at 21:30)
Part 20 Division 2
Division 2 Application of traffic control devices to lengths of roads and areas
Note.
 Area, length of road and traffic control device are defined in the Dictionary.
324   Purpose of Division
(1)  This Division contains rules explaining when traffic control devices apply to lengths of road and areas.
(2)  Other relevant rules are found elsewhere in these Rules.
Note.
 These rules include:
•  rule 21 (3)—length of road to which a speed limit sign applies
•  rule 22 (2)—speed limited area
•  rule 23 (2)—school zone
•  rule 24 (2)—shared zone
•  rule 39 (3)—length of road to which a no U-turn sign applies
•  rule 93 (2)—length of road to which a no overtaking or passing sign applies
•  rule 97 (2)—length of road to which a road access sign applies
•  rule 98 (2)—length of road to which a one-way sign applies
•  rule 108 (3)—length of road to which a trucks and buses low gear sign applies
•  rule 130 (3)—length of road to which a keep left unless overtaking sign applies
•  rule 159 (2)—length of road to which a traffic sign indicating a marked lane for a particular kind of vehicle applies
•  rule 176 (2) and (3)—length of road to which a clearway sign applies
•  rule 177 (3)—length of road to which a freeway sign applies
•  rule 252 (2)—length of road or footpath to which a no bicycles sign, or no bicycles road marking, applies.
325   References to traffic control devices—application to lengths of road and areas
In applying these Rules to a length of road or an area, unless the contrary intention appears, a reference to a traffic control device is a reference to a traffic control device applying to the length of road or area.
326   When do traffic control devices apply to a length of road or area—the basic rules
(1)  A traffic control device applies to a length of road or an area if:
(a)  the device applies to the length of road or area under 1 or more provisions of these Rules, or
(b)  the device, the position of the device, or information on or with the device, indicates that the device applies to the length of road or area.
Note.
 With is defined in the Dictionary.
(2)  A traffic control device does not apply to a length of road or an area if information on or with the device expressly indicates that it does not apply to the length of road or area.
(3)  Subrule (2) applies despite any other provision of this Division.
(4)  In subrule (1) (b):
the device includes another traffic control device.
327   Length of road to which a traffic sign (except a parking control sign) applies
The length of road to which a traffic sign on a road (except a parking control sign) applies is worked out in the direction driven by a driver, or travelled by a pedestrian, on the road who faces the sign before passing it.
Example.
 Rule 21 (3) provides that a speed limit sign applies to the length of road beginning at the sign and ending at the nearest of a different speed limit sign, an end speed limit sign, or speed derestriction sign, and the end of the road. Only the nearest of those things, in the direction driven by a driver, or travelled by a pedestrian, who faces the sign before passing it, is relevant.
Note 1.
 Parking control sign and traffic sign are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 Rule 332 deals with parking control signs that display an arrow. These signs apply to lengths of road.
328   References to a traffic control device applying to a length of road
If, under these Rules, a traffic control device on a road applies to a length of road, the device applies only to a length of road on that road, unless otherwise expressly stated.
Example.
 A speed limit sign on a road does not apply to roads leading off from the road.
Note.
 Length of road is defined in the Dictionary.
329   Traffic control devices applying to a marked lane
(1)  A traffic control device (except a road marking) applies to a marked lane if:
(a)  it is above the marked lane, or
(b)  it is near the marked lane, and the device, the position of the device, or information on or with the device, indicates that it applies to the marked lane.
Example.
 An emergency stopping lane only sign applies to the marked lane indicated by the arrow on the sign.
Note.
 Marked lane, road marking and with are defined in the Dictionary.
(2)  A road marking applies to a marked lane if it is on the surface of the lane.
(3)  However, a traffic control device does not apply to a marked lane if information on or with the device expressly indicates that the device does not apply to the marked lane.
(4)  In subrule (1) (b):
the device includes another traffic control device.
330   Traffic control devices applying to a slip lane
(1)  A traffic control device (except a road marking) applies to a slip lane if:
(a)  it is above the slip lane, or
(b)  it is near the slip lane and on the left side of the slip lane, or
(c)  it is near the slip lane, and the device, the position of the device, or information on or with the device, indicates that it applies to the slip lane.
Note.
 Road marking, slip lane and with are defined in the Dictionary.
(2)  A road marking applies to a slip lane if it is on the surface of the slip lane.
(3)  However, a traffic control device does not apply to a slip lane if information on or with the device expressly indicates that the device does not apply to the slip lane.
(4)  In subrule (1) (c):
the device includes another traffic control device.
331   Traffic control devices applying to an intersection
A traffic control device applies to an intersection if it is at the intersection and does not apply to a slip lane at the intersection, unless information on or with the device expressly indicates that the device does not apply to the intersection.
Note 1.
 Intersection, slip lane and with are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 Rule 322 (3) and (4) deal with the meaning of a traffic control device at an area, including an intersection.
Note 3.
 Rule 330 explains when a traffic control device applies to a slip lane.
332   Parking control signs applying to a length of road
(1)  If a parking control sign displays an arrow and is at the side of a road, then, unless information on or with the sign indicates otherwise, the sign applies to the length of road between the sign and the nearest (in the direction indicated by the arrow) of the following:
(a)  a parking control sign at that side of the road that displays an arrow indicating the opposite direction,
(b)  a yellow edge line on the road,
(c)  if the road ends at a T-intersection or dead end—the end of the road.
Note 1.
 Edge line, parking control sign, T-intersection and with are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 Rule 322 (3) and (4) deal with the meaning of a traffic control device in or at an area or place.
(2)  If a parking control sign displays an arrow and is at the centre of a road or on a dividing strip, then, unless information on or with the sign indicates otherwise, the sign applies to the length of road between the sign and the nearest (in the direction indicated by the arrow) of the following:
(a)  a parking control sign at the centre of the road or on the dividing strip that displays an arrow indicating the opposite direction,
(b)  a yellow edge line on the road,
(c)  if the road ends at a T-intersection or dead end—the end of the road.
Note.
 Centre of the road and dividing strip are defined in the Dictionary.
333   Parking control signs applying to a length of road in an area to which another parking control sign applies etc
(1)  If a parking control sign that applies to a length of road is in an area to which another parking control sign applies in accordance with rule 335, the first parking control sign applies in the same way as it would apply if it were not in that area, and the second parking control sign does not apply to the length of road.
Example.
 Parking control signs that establish a loading zone or taxi zone may operate on a length of road in an area where parking is otherwise restricted to residents only by other parking control signs on each road into the area.
Note.
 Parking control sign is defined in the Dictionary.
(2)  If the area indicated by a people with disabilities road marking is in an area to which a parking control sign applies in accordance with rule 335, the road marking applies in the same way as it would apply if it were not in that area, and the parking control sign does not apply to the area indicated by the road marking.
Note.
 People with disabilities road marking is defined in rule 203.
334   How parking control signs apply to a length of road
(1)  If a permissive parking sign, bicycle parking sign or motor bike parking sign, or a zone sign mentioned in Division 5 of Part 12, applies to a length of road and there are parking bays on the length of road, the sign applies only to the parking bays, unless information on or with the sign indicates otherwise.
Note 1.
 Parking bay and with are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 Rule 201 deals with bicycle parking signs, rule 202 deals with motor bike parking signs, and rule 204 deals with permissive parking signs.
(2)  If a parking control sign applies to a length of road, the sign is at the side of the road, and there are no parking bays to which the sign applies, then, unless information on or with the sign indicates otherwise, the sign applies to:
(a)  any shoulder of the road on that side of the road, and
(b)  the part of the road on the length of road that extends from the far side of the road (excluding any road related area) on that side of the road for:
(i)  if the sign, or information on or with the sign, includes the words “angle parking” or “angle”—6 metres, or
(ii)  in any other case—3 metres.
Note.
 Road Related area is defined in rule 13 and shoulder is defined in rule 12.
Examples.
 
Example 1Part of a road to which a parking control sign indicating angle parking applies
Example 2Part of a road to which a parking control sign (except a sign indicating angle parking) applies
(3)  If a parking control sign applies to a length of road, the sign is at the centre of the road or on a dividing strip, and there are no parking bays to which the sign applies, then, unless information on or with the sign indicates otherwise, the sign applies to:
(a)  if the sign is at the centre of the road, but not on a dividing strip—the part of the road on that length of road that extends 3 metres from the centre of the road on each side of the road, or
(b)  if the sign is on a dividing strip—the dividing strip on that length of road and the part of the road on that length of road that extends 3 metres from each edge of the dividing strip.
Note 1.
 Centre of the road and dividing strip are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 Rule 322 (3) and (4) deal with the meaning of a traffic control device in or at an area or place.
335   Traffic control devices applying to an area
(1)  A traffic control device (except a road marking) applies to an area if:
(a)  it is in the area, and
(b)  the device, the position of the device, or information on or with the device, indicates that the device applies to the area.
Note 1.
 Road marking and with are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 Rule 332 deals with parking control signs that display arrows. These signs apply to lengths of road.
(2)  A traffic control device (except a road marking) also applies to an area if:
(a)  there is an identical kind of traffic control device (the first traffic control device) on each road into the area, and
(b)  the traffic control device is a traffic control device applying to an area, or information on or with the device indicates that it applies to an area, and
(c)  information on or with a traffic control device on each road out of the area indicates that the first traffic control device no longer applies or that the area has ended.
Examples of traffic control devices applying to an area.
 
1  A school zone sign (in some circumstances—see rule 23).
2  A shared zone sign.
3  A no stopping sign or no parking sign with the word “area”.
4  A permissive parking sign with the words “parking area”.
5  An end no parking area sign.
6  An end no stopping area sign.
7  An end parking area sign.
(3)  A road marking applies to an area if:
(a)  it is on the surface of the area, and
(b)  the road marking, the position of the road marking, or information in or with the road marking, indicates that the road marking applies to the area.
(4)  However, a traffic control device does not apply to an area if information on or with the device expressly indicates that the device does not apply to the area.
(5)  A parking control sign that applies to an area applies to parking bays on each length of road in the area, and to other parts of each length of road, as if it were a parking control sign that applied only to that length of road.
Note 1.
 Parking bay and parking control sign are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 Rule 334 sets out how a parking control sign that applies to a length of road also applies to parking bays and other parts of the road.
(6)  In this rule:
road, in subrule (2) (a) and (c) and for an area of road, does not include a road related area.
the device, in subrule (1) (b), includes another traffic control device.
the road marking, in subrule (3) (b), includes another traffic control device.
Note.
 Road related area is defined in rule 13.
336   How separated footpath signs and separated footpath road markings apply
(1)  A separated footpath sign, or separated footpath road marking, on a footpath applies in the way set out in this rule.
Note.
 Footpath is defined in the Dictionary, and separated footpath and separated footpath road marking are defined in rule 239.
(2)  The part of the footpath to the left of the centre of the footpath is designated:
(a)  if a pedestrian symbol is on the left side of the sign or the path—for the use of pedestrians, or
(b)  if a bicycle symbol is on the left side of the sign or the path—for the use of bicycles.
Note.
 Bicycle, bicycle symbol and pedestrian symbol are defined in the Dictionary, and pedestrian is defined in rule 18.
(3)  The part of the footpath to the right of the centre of the footpath is designated:
(a)  if a pedestrian symbol is on the right side of the sign or the path—for the use of pedestrians, or
(b)  if a bicycle symbol is on the right side of the sign or the path—for the use of bicycles.