Duncan Gay, Minister for Roads and Ports has announced that the NSW Government is going to introduce new legislation to allow lane filtering for motorbike riders.
The new law is expected to come into effect from 1 July 2014.
Under the new law:
- Lane filtering will be allowed past stationary vehicles at intersections, when it is safe to do so.
- Safe to do so will exclude filtering at high speeds, disobeying other road rules, overtaking on the left of vehicles in the left hand lane, travel in the breakdown lane or filtering around trucks.
- The speed limit for lane filtering will be 30kmh. A new offence will be created for filtering at speeds in excess of 30kmh.
- Lane filtering will not be permitted in school zones during the hours of operation.
- It will be limited to fully licensed riders. Learner and Provisional riders will not be permitted to lane filter.
Lane filtering was the subject of a trial in the Sydney CBD last year.
The Government says that the changes to the legislation are designed to “help ease road congestion and improve safety by reforming laws for motorcyclists“.