Fined For WHAT?! Lesser-known Aussie Driving Rules

October 9, 2015 - 2 min read

We all know the basics – stop at a red light, do not drive faster than the speed limit. But here are some lesser known road rules across Australia you should know too!

In New South Wales…

If you splash a bus passenger with mud after driving through a puddle, you can be fined up to $165. This rule only applies to bus passengers and mud. So you can splash pedestrians with water all you like, legally. Nice!
Don’t wave goodbye to your friends and neighbours! There are laws against using your horn in a non-emergency, and also having limbs protruding from your car. We’re talking up to a $600 fine and 3 demerit points, people.

In Queensland…

It’s illegal to leave your car unlocked if you are more than 3 meters away from it. On top of this, your windows must be wound up with a gap of no more than 5cm. You could get fined up to $40 in Queensland (or $117 in Victoria). So either way, you’re risking losing valuables—just lock your car!
How well do you know your “give way” rules in QLD? While driving through the scenic hinterland and countryside areas of the state, you must always give way to a restive horse. Not only give way, but also pull over on the side of the road and stop your engine.

In the Northern Territory…

You’ll be fined if you allow your pet or child to sit on your lap while driving. Although it may seem like a fun gesture, the cops won’t be so thrilled! Children must be in an approved, age-appropriate child restraint or chair and pets must be on the passenger seat or floor, tethered at all times.
If you stop within 3 metres of a public post office box, you could get fined. Unless you’re just stopping briefly to pick up or drop off someone (or your mail, of course!).

In Victoria…

You must not park within 3 meters of a post box, unless picking up or dropping off passengers. Or mail, of course.
Bikers beware! If you commonly transport bikes with your car using an attachable bike rack, ensure that you take it off when you don’t need it. You can get fined for driving with an empty bike rack attached to the back of your car.
Bikers also beware! Cyclists must have at least one hand on their handlebars while cycling.

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