NEW ROAD RULES FROM TOMORROW
ROAD users must now travel no faster than 40kmh when driving past stationary or slowmoving emergency or enforcement vehicles with flashing red, blue or magenta lights, or sounding an alarm.
A CYCLIST using a phone while riding will be treated the same as a car driver doing so, with police empowered to issue on-the-spot fines of $476, plus four demerit points.
A DRIVER turning at an intersection with bicycle crossing lights must give way to any bicycle rider near the intersection or who is crossing the road the driver wishes to enter.
BICYCLE riders and coaches (ie, charter/ hire buses) are now allowed to use bus lanes. Some bus lanes already have signs permitting bicycle riders, but this rule change will allow bicycle riders to use all bus lanes unless signed otherwise.
THE rule that prohibited driving on a public road with an empty bicycle carrier attached to the rear of their vehicle has been removed.