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Road Rules 2014
Current version for 1 February 2019 to date (accessed 25 April 2019 at 13:47)
Part 5 Division 1
Division 1 Change of direction signals
44   Division does not apply to entering or leaving a roundabout
This Division does not apply to a driver entering, in or leaving a roundabout.
Note.
 Part 9 deals with giving change of direction signals when entering or leaving a roundabout.
45   What is changing direction
(1)  A driver changes direction if the driver changes direction to the left or the driver changes direction to the right.
(2)  A driver changes direction to the left by doing any of the following:
(a)  turning left,
(b)  changing marked lanes to the left,
(c)  diverging to the left,
(d)  entering a marked lane, or a line of traffic, to the left,
(e)  moving to the left from a stationary position,
(f)  turning left into a marked lane, or a line of traffic, from a median strip parking area,
(g)  at a T-intersection where the continuing road curves to the right—leaving the continuing road to proceed straight ahead onto the terminating road.
Note 1.
 Marked lane and median strip parking area are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 For the meaning of left, see rule 351 (1).
(3)  A driver changes direction to the right by doing any of the following:
(a)  turning right,
(b)  changing marked lanes to the right,
(c)  diverging to the right,
(d)  entering a marked lane, or a line of traffic, to the right,
(e)  moving to the right from a stationary position,
(f)  turning right into a marked lane, or a line of traffic, from a median strip parking area,
(g)  making a U-turn,
(h)  at a T-intersection where the continuing road curves to the left—leaving the continuing road to proceed straight ahead onto the terminating road.
Note 1.
 U-turn is defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 For the meaning of right, see rule 351 (2).
Examples for subrules (2) (g) and (3) (h).
 
Example 1Driver indicating change of direction at a T-intersection where the continuing road curves to the right and the driver is proceeding straight ahead onto the terminating road
Example 2Driver indicating change of direction at a T-intersection where the continuing road curves to the left and the driver is proceeding straight ahead onto the terminating road
46   Giving a left change of direction signal
(1)  Before a driver changes direction to the left, the driver must give a left change of direction signal in accordance with rule 47 for long enough to comply with subrule (2) and, if subrule (3) applies to the driver, that subrule.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note.
 Changes direction to the left is defined in rule 45 (2).
(2)  The driver must give the change of direction signal for long enough to give sufficient warning to other drivers and pedestrians.
(3)  If the driver is about to change direction by moving from a stationary position at the side of the road or in a median strip parking area, the driver must give the change of direction signal for at least 5 seconds before the driver changes direction.
Note.
 Median strip parking area is defined in the Dictionary.
(4)  The driver must stop giving the change of direction signal as soon as the driver completes the change of direction.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
(5)  This rule does not apply to a driver if the driver’s vehicle is not fitted with direction indicator lights.
Note.
 Driver’s vehicle is defined in the Dictionary.
47   How to give a left change of direction signal
The driver of a vehicle must give a left change of direction signal by operating the vehicle’s left direction indicator lights.
48   Giving a right change of direction signal
(1)  Before a driver changes direction to the right, the driver must give a right change of direction signal in accordance with rule 49 for long enough to comply with subrule (2) and, if subrule (3) applies to the driver, that subrule.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note.
 Changes direction to the right is defined in rule 45 (3).
(2)  The driver must give the change of direction signal for long enough to give sufficient warning to other drivers and pedestrians.
(3)  If the driver is about to change direction by moving from a stationary position at the side of the road or in a median strip parking area, the driver must give the change of direction signal for at least 5 seconds before the driver changes direction.
Note.
 Median strip parking area is defined in the Dictionary.
(3A)  Subrule (3) does not apply to the rider of a bicycle that is stopped in traffic but not parked.
(4)  The driver must stop giving the change of direction signal as soon as the driver completes the change of direction.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
(5)  This rule does not apply to:
(a)  the driver of a tram that is not fitted with direction indicator lights, or
(b)  the rider of a bicycle making a hook turn.
Note 1.
 Bicycle and tram are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 Rules 34 and 35 deal with bicycles making hook turns.
49   How to give a right change of direction signal
(1)  The driver of a vehicle must give a right change of direction signal by operating the vehicle’s right direction indicator lights.
(2)  However, if the vehicle’s direction indicator lights are not in working order or are not clearly visible, or the vehicle is not fitted with direction indicator lights, the driver must give the change of direction signal by giving a hand signal in accordance with rule 50, or using a mechanical signalling device fitted to the vehicle.
Note.
 Mechanical signalling device is defined in the Dictionary.
50   How to give a right change of direction signal by giving a hand signal
To give a hand signal for changing direction to the right, the driver must extend the right arm and hand horizontally and at right angles from the right side of the vehicle, with the hand open and the palm facing the direction of travel.
Example.
 
Giving a hand signal for changing direction to the right
51   When use of direction indicator lights permitted
The driver of a vehicle must not operate a direction indicator light except:
(a)  to give a change of direction signal when the driver is required to give the signal under these Rules, or
(b)  as part of the vehicle’s hazard warning lights.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.