Did you know?: Lesser known road rules which still pack the punch financially and can impact your points balance.

Posted on 20 September 2012

The less mainstream Road Rules are often the easiest to forget. However, these rules can still result in hefty fines and the loss of driver demerit points. It is important to always remember that the police will fine you regardless of whether you were aware of the existence of a Road Rule or you just think the rule is insignificant and not worthy of a fine.

Some lesser know Road Rules that are a strict liability offences include:

  • Handling a navigation device or mobile phone whilst driving with out a fixed bracket.
  • Blowing the horn and waving farewell when leaving friends and family.
  • Parking on a footpath
  • Stopping in a NO STOPPING zone.
  • Leaving a bicycle rack on your car when there is no bicycle in it.
  • Using an incorrectly fitted or non-approved child seat.
  • Not having seatbelts correctly adjusted.
  • Driving at night with your headlights off.
  • Driving through a puddle and splashing a bus passenger with mud
  • Displaying L or P plates if the driver they apply to is not behind the wheel.
  • Driving through an orange traffic light if you are deemed to have had time to stop.
  • Failing to dip from high beam when traffic is approaching.
  • Leaving your licence at home. • Hanging your arm outside a running vehicle.
  • Driving with your pet on your lap or leading an animal whilst driving a vehicle.
  • Double parking in a school zone. • Using fog lights if the weather conditions do not require them.
  • Using a radar detector
  • Reversing the wrong way down a one-way street.
  • Opening a door on a cyclist
  • Being a supervising driver and talking on a mobile phone or over the 0.049 blood-alcohol limit
  • Leaving your car unlocked, your keys in the ignition or windows open in circumstances where you are more than 3m away.
  • Retaining a number plate that should be returned to RTA or making your own or obscuring a number plate.
  • Failing to keep left on a freeway – overtaking is for the right lane only.
  • Not indicating left when leaving a roundabout • Driving whilst a TV or DVD displaying moving pictures is in view of the driver or the device causes a distraction to the driver of another car.

Whilst most drivers do their best to abide by the rules of the road, should you find yourself in a situation where you have been fined and would like legal assistance, call Dooley and Associates and one of our expert team will be happy to discuss the matter with you.