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Road Rules 2014
Current version for 1 February 2019 to date (accessed 27 June 2019 at 01:48)
Part 6 Division 1
Division 1 Obeying traffic lights and traffic arrows
Note 1.
 Traffic arrows and traffic lights are defined in the Dictionary. Traffic arrows are a traffic control device designed to show a traffic arrow, or 2 or more traffic arrows at different times—see the definition in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 A reference in a rule of this Part to a green, yellow or red traffic light or traffic arrow is a reference to a steady green, yellow or red traffic light or traffic arrow, unless otherwise stated in the rule—see rule 323.
Note 3.
 The rules dealing with T lights and B lights, which apply to drivers of trams and public buses, are in Part 17.
56   Stopping for a red traffic light or arrow
(1)  A driver approaching or at traffic lights showing a red traffic light must stop:
(a)  if there is a stop line at or near the traffic lights—as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the stop line, or
(b)  if there is a stop here on red signal sign at or near the traffic lights, but no stop line—as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the sign, or
(c)  if there is no stop line or stop here on red signal sign at or near the traffic lights—as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the nearest or only traffic lights,
and must not proceed past the stop line, stop here on red signal sign or nearest or only traffic lights (as the case may be) until the traffic lights show a green or flashing yellow traffic light or no traffic light.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note.
 Red traffic light and stop line are defined in the Dictionary.
Example for subrule (1) (b).
 
Stopping at a stop here on red signal sign on a road the driver is entering
In this example the driver may go straight ahead, or turn right or left, if there is a green traffic light showing at 1. However, the driver must not go beyond the stop here on red signal sign at 2 if there is a red traffic light showing on the road the driver is entering (see 2 and 3).
(1A)  However, if the traffic lights are at an intersection with a left turn on red after stopping sign and the driver is turning left at the intersection, the driver may turn left after stopping.
Note.
 Rule 62 deals with the give way rules applying to a driver turning left at an intersection after stopping at a left turn on red after stopping sign.
(2)  A driver approaching or at traffic arrows showing a red traffic arrow who is turning in the direction indicated by the arrow must stop:
(a)  if there is a stop line at or near the traffic arrows—as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the stop line, or
(b)  if there is a stop here on red arrow sign at or near the traffic arrows, but no stop line—as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the sign, or
(c)  if there is no stop line or stop here on red arrow sign at or near the traffic arrows—as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the nearest or only traffic arrows,
and must not proceed past the stop line, stop here on red arrow sign or nearest or only traffic arrows (as the case may be) until the traffic arrows show a green or flashing yellow traffic arrow or no traffic arrow.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note 1.
 Red traffic arrow is defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 This rule only applies to a driver turning left using a slip lane if the red traffic light or red traffic arrow applies to the slip lane—see Part 20, Divisions 2 and 3, especially rules 330 and 345.
Note 3.
 Rule 58 deals with when a driver does not have to stop for a red traffic light.
Note 4.
 The driver of a tram or a public bus does not have to stop at traffic lights showing a red traffic light if a white T light (for trams) or a white B light (for public buses) is also showing, or a white traffic arrow is showing and the driver is turning in the direction indicated by the arrow—see rules 278 and 285.
 
Stop here on red signal sign
Stop here on red arrow sign
(3)  If there is a bicycle storage area before any traffic lights referred to in subrule (1) or (2), a reference to the stop line in subrule (1) (a) or (2) (a):
(a)  in the case of a driver of a motor vehicle, is a reference to the first stop line that the driver comes, or came, to in approaching the lights, and
(b)  in the case of a rider of a bicycle, is a reference to the stop line that is nearest to the intersection.
Note.
 Bicycle storage area is defined in the Dictionary.
57   Stopping for a yellow traffic light or arrow
(1)  A driver approaching or at traffic lights showing a yellow traffic light must stop:
(a)  if there is a stop line at or near the traffic lights and the driver can stop safely before reaching the stop line—as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the stop line, or
(b)  if there is no stop line at or near the traffic lights and the driver can stop safely before reaching the traffic lights—as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the nearest or only traffic lights, or
(c)  if the traffic lights are at an intersection and the driver cannot stop safely in accordance with paragraph (a) or (b), but can stop safely before entering the intersection—before entering the intersection,
and must not proceed past the stop line or nearest or only traffic lights, or into the intersection (as the case may be), until the traffic lights show a green or flashing yellow traffic light or no traffic light.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note.
 Enter, intersection, stop line and yellow traffic light are defined in the Dictionary.
(2)  A driver approaching or at traffic arrows showing a yellow traffic arrow who is turning in the direction indicated by the arrow must stop:
(a)  if there is a stop line at or near the traffic arrows and the driver can stop safely before reaching the stop line—as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the stop line, or
(b)  if there is no stop line at or near the traffic arrows and the driver can stop safely before reaching the traffic arrows—as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the nearest or only traffic arrows, or
(c)  if the traffic arrows are at an intersection and the driver cannot stop safely in accordance with paragraph (a) or (b), but can stop safely before entering the intersection—before entering the intersection,
and must not proceed past the stop line or nearest or only traffic arrows, or into the intersection (as the case may be), until the traffic arrows show a green or flashing yellow traffic arrow or no traffic arrow.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note.
 Enter, intersection, stop line and yellow traffic arrow are defined in the Dictionary.
(3)  If the traffic lights or traffic arrows (as the case may be) are at an intersection and the driver is not able to stop safely under subrule (1) or (2) (as the case may be) and enters the intersection, the driver must leave the intersection as soon as the driver can do so safely.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note 1.
 Intersection does not include a road related area—see the definition in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 This rule applies to a driver turning left using a slip lane only if the yellow traffic light or yellow traffic arrow (as the case may be) applies to the slip lane—see Part 20, Divisions 2 and 3, especially rules 330 and 345.
Note 3.
 Rule 58 deals with when a driver does not have to stop at a yellow traffic light.
(4)  If there is a bicycle storage area before any traffic lights referred to in subrule (1) or (2), a reference to the stop line in subrule (1) (a) or (2) (a):
(a)  in the case of a driver of a motor vehicle, is a reference to the first stop line that the driver comes, or came, to in approaching the lights, and
(b)  in the case of a rider of a bicycle, is a reference to the stop line that is nearest to the intersection.
Note.
 Bicycle storage area is defined in the Dictionary.
58   Exceptions to stopping for a red or yellow traffic light
(1)  A driver approaching or at traffic lights showing a red or yellow traffic light does not have to stop if a green traffic arrow is also showing and the driver is turning in the direction indicated by the arrow.
Note.
 Green traffic arrow, red traffic light and yellow traffic light are defined in the Dictionary.
(2)  A driver turning at an intersection with traffic lights who approaches or is at a red traffic light on the road that the driver is entering does not have to stop for that traffic light if there is no stop line or stop here on red signal sign at or near the traffic light.
Note.
 Intersection and stop line are defined in the Dictionary.
59   Proceeding through a red traffic light
(1)  If traffic lights at an intersection or marked foot crossing are showing a red traffic light, a driver must not enter the intersection or marked foot crossing.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note 1.
 Enter, intersection, marked foot crossing and red traffic light are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 Rules 56 and 57 deal with stopping for a red or yellow traffic light, and proceeding while the light remains red or yellow. Rule 60 deals with proceeding through a red traffic arrow.
(2)  However, if the traffic lights are at an intersection with a left turn on red after stopping sign and the driver is turning left at the intersection, the driver may turn left after stopping.
Note.
 Rule 62 deals with the give way rules applying to a driver turning left at an intersection after stopping at a left turn on red after stopping sign.
(3)  Also, subrule (1) does not apply to a driver if rule 58 (1) applies to the driver.
Note.
 Rule 58 deals with when a driver does not have to stop for a red traffic light.
 
Left turn on red after stopping sign
60   Proceeding through a red traffic arrow
If traffic arrows at an intersection or marked foot crossing are showing a red traffic arrow, and a driver is turning in the direction indicated by the arrow, the driver must not enter the intersection or marked foot crossing.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note 1.
 Enter, intersection, marked foot crossing and red traffic arrow are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 Rules 56 and 57 deal with stopping for a red or yellow traffic arrow.
60A   Proceeding through a bicycle storage area before a red traffic light or arrow
(1)  If there is a bicycle storage area before traffic lights that are showing a red traffic light, a driver of a motor vehicle must not allow any part of the vehicle to enter the bicycle storage area.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note.
 Bicycle storage area, red traffic light and motor vehicle are defined in the Dictionary.
(2)  If there is a bicycle storage area before traffic arrows that are showing a red traffic arrow, and a driver of a motor vehicle is turning in the direction indicated by the arrow, the driver must not allow any part of the vehicle to enter the bicycle storage area.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note.
 Red traffic arrow is defined in the Dictionary.
61   Proceeding when traffic lights or arrows at an intersection change to yellow or red
(1)  This rule applies to:
(a)  a driver at an intersection with traffic lights showing a green traffic light who has stopped after the stop line, stop here on red signal sign, or nearest or only traffic lights, at the intersection and is not making a hook turn at the intersection, or
(b)  a driver at an intersection with traffic arrows showing a green traffic arrow who is turning in the direction indicated by the arrow and has stopped after the stop line, stop here on red arrow sign, or nearest or only traffic arrows, at the intersection.
Example.
 A driver may stop after the stop line at an intersection with traffic lights showing a green traffic light, and not proceed through the intersection, because traffic is congested.
Note 1.
 Green traffic arrow, green traffic light, intersection and stop line are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2.
 Hook turns are dealt with in rules 34 and 35.
(2)  If the traffic lights or traffic arrows (as the case may be) change to yellow or red while the driver is stopped and the driver has not entered the intersection, the driver must not enter the intersection.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note.
 Enter is defined in the Dictionary.
(3)  However, if the traffic lights are at an intersection with a left turn on red after stopping sign and the driver is turning left at the intersection, the driver may turn left after stopping.
Note.
 Rule 62 deals with the give way rules applying to a driver turning left at an intersection after stopping at a left turn on red after stopping sign.
(4)  Also, subrule (2) does not apply to a driver if rule 58 (1) applies to the driver.
Note.
 Rule 58 deals with when a driver does not have to stop for a red traffic light.
(5)  If the traffic lights or traffic arrows (as the case may be) change to yellow or red while the driver is stopped and the driver has entered the intersection, the driver must leave the intersection as soon as the driver can do so safely.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note.
 Intersection does not include a road related area—see the definition in the Dictionary.