Motorcycles are four percent of the registered vehicles in Tasmania but riders are 28 percent of the fatalities and serious injuries. Motorcyclists are vulnerable road users as there is little protecting them if they crash. Improved rider training and enforcement will help to improve motorcyclist safety. Active safety technologies such as Anti-lock Braking Systems and traction control have a role to play in improving safety for these road users. Protective clothing also reduces crash injury severity.
When a motorcyclist moves between stationary or slow-moving vehicles that are travelling in the same direction as the rider.
It clarifies what motorcyclists can and cannot do legally and helps road users understand what is and isn’t permitted.
Lane filtering is part of the national road rules. It’s allowed in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, and is being trialled in the ACT.
Only motorcyclists who hold a full motorcycle licence are allowed to lane filter. It’s a complex manoeuvre that requires plenty of on-road experience to be done safely.
It is illegal for learner and provisional motorcyclists to lane filter, including interstate learner and provisional motorcyclists.
Motorcyclists must not lane filter:
- If it’s not safe
- At speeds greater than 30 km/h
- In a school zone during school zone hours
- Between the edge of the road and other vehicles
- Next to parked cars
When lane filtering, motorcyclists need to:
- Look out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists
- Leave enough space between the motorcycle and other vehicles to avoid a crash
- Avoid lane filtering near heavy vehicles or buses.
A fine of $159 and two demerit points.