Unusual or Unknown NSW Road Rules

Unusual or Unknown NSW Road Rules

After a recent report of a person in Queensland being fined $44.00 for leaving his window in his car down a couple of inches whilst he went into a shop as he didn’t want the car to be hot when he and his 3 year old child got back into it, we thought we would provide a list of slightly unusual or unknown nsw road rules

  • Texting on a hand-held mobile phone while driving is illegal. Handling your phone while using it as a navigation device is also an offence which can incur a $298.00 fine and loss of three demerit points.
  • If you get caught using a hand held mobile phone in a school zone the fine is $397.00 and loss of four demerit points.
  • If your car is parked legally and safely off the road (ie. not stationary at lights or in slow-moving traffic) but the engine is still running, it is ok to use a mobile phone in NSW.
  • Splashing a bus passenger with mud after driving through a puddle can incur a fine of $165.00.
  • Running an orange traffic light will cost you $397.00 and loss of three demerit points.
  • Failing to stop at a stop sign will incur a $298.00 fine and loss of three demerit points in NSW. “The car must come to a complete stop, the wheels must stop moving”.
  • Stopping in a “no stopping” zone will cost you $232.00 ($298.00 and two demerit points in a school zone). Taxis are exempt from no stopping zones in the CBD if dropping off or picking up passengers.
  • Double parking in a school zone will incur a $298.00 fine and loss of two demerit points in NSW.
  • Parking on a footpath – $99.00 fine.
  • A toot of the horn and a wave goodbye out the window as you drive down the street could cost you almost $600.00 and three demerit points in NSW – $298.00 for the “illegal use of a warning device”, and a further $298.00 fine (and three demerit points) for having a “limb protrude” from the car.
  • A passenger can also be issued a ticket for having a part of his or her body outside a window of a moving car – $298.00 but no demerit points.
  • A passenger failing to wear a seat belt will cost the driver a $298.00 fine and loss of three demerit points.  In NSW, if two passengers are unbelted the fine and the demerit points double. Four passengers unbelted: $1258.00 fine and loss of six demerit points.
  • Failing to wear a seatbeld correctly will cost you $298.00 and loss of three demerit points.
  • Using an incorrectly fitted or non-approved child seat is a $298.00 fine and loss of three demerit points in NSW.
  • Taxi drivers are exempt from wearing seatbelts on the grounds of personal security and cannot be fined if infants are not in a child restraint.
  • Driving at night with your headlights off is a $99.00 fine and one demerit point in NSW. Failing to dip your high beams attracts the same penalty.
  • Drivers will incur a $99.00 fine for using fog lights “unless in fog or other hazardous weather reducing visibility”.
  • Failing to produce a driver’s licence – $99.00 fine.
  • A supervising driver could be fined $99.00 for “failing to prevent a traffic breach” when supervising a learner driver (eg. where the learner driver runs a stop sign or red light, or changes lanes into the path of another car).
  • Reversing along a one way street – $232.00 fine and loss of two demerit points.
  • In NSW, it is a $1556.00 fine and loss of nine demerit points to use a radar detector “or speed evation device”, another $1556.00 ticket to own, buy or sell such a device, and another $1556.00 fine for failing to surrender the device to police.
  • Drive an unregistered vehicle, drive an uninsured vehicle, or failure to pay road tax – $596.00 fine each, totalling $1788.00.
  • Altering or obscuring a car’s number plate – $397.00 fine.
  • It is an offence to leave your car unlocked, leave the key in the ignition or leave the windows open if you’re more than three metres away from your vehicle – $99.00 fine each.
  • Driving with a TV, DVD (or similar) displaying moving pictures in view of the driver – $298.00 fine and loss of three demerit points (or $397.00 and four demerit points if its in a school zone).
  • The driver of a car with a TV or DVD screen “likely to distract other drivers” can also be issued with a $298.00 fine (but no loss of demerit points).
  • Failing to keep left on a freeway (or a road with a speed limit of 90km/h or more) unless overtaking – $298.00 fine and loss of two demerit points.
  • “Unsafe overtaking” – $298.00 fine and loss of two demerit points.
  • Speeding up while being over taken is a $298.00 fine and loss of three demerit points.
  • Failing to give way to an emergency vehicle – $397.00 fine and loss of three demerit points.
  • Failing to indicate when merging – $165.00 fine and loss of two demerit points.
  • Failure to indicate when leaving a roundabout – $165.00 fine and loss of two demerit points.
  • Opening a door on a passing cyclist – $298.00 fine.
  • It is now illegal to carry more occupants than a car was designed to carry – $298.00 fine and loss of three demerit points.
  • Driving with an animal on your lap – $397.00 fine and loss of three demerit points.
  • Leading an animal while riding a bicycle – $66.00 fine.
  • Riding a bicycle “furiously or recklessly” – $66.00 fine.
  • Running a red light on a bicycle – $66.00 fine.
  • It is illegal for a car to “emit offensive noise” from a stereo – $150.00 fine.
  • Pedestrians who don’t cross the road quickly enough – or who cross on a red signal – can incur a $66.00 fine.

If you need legal advice regarding a traffic matter, call Brazel Moore Lawyers on 4324 7699.

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