Why not just prohibit lane filtering in school zones like other states?
Unlike other states Victoria does not have ‘start school zone’ and ‘end school zone’ signs at all areas with reduced speed limits around schools. In fact ‘school zones’ are not special zones, they are just areas with reduced speed limits or reduced speed limits at certain times. This can make it difficult for a road user unfamiliar with an area to know whether or not a 40 km/h speed limit is for a school or some other reason.
Isn’t this already legal? I see it happening all the time.
Currently there are circumstances where vehicles may pass stationary traffic. Finding gaps to do this can be easier on a motorcycle than in a car, but the circumstances where it is lawful are the topic of some debate and confusion. One main benefit of creating new laws about motorcycle lane filtering is that they should provide clarity about where and how motorcyclists should be safely able to lane filter.
What are the risks in areas with speed limits 40 km/h or lower?
We understand that some areas with 40 km/h speed limits are exactly those areas where motorcyclists would like to filter, however we must consider the needs of all road users when introducing these laws. Areas with speed limits of 40 km/h are limited to those areas where there is history of pedestrians involved in crashes or an otherwise identified risk to pedestrians. These include areas such as school zones, strip shopping centres and the Melbourne CBD. We are considering different ways to balance these needs and welcome your feedback.
Will there be changes to other road rules as a result of the new motorcycle lane filtering road rule?
There will be some changes to ensure motorcyclists are not breaking other road rules when lane filtering, such as the requirement to drive a vehicle in a single marked lane, but we are not proposing other changes to how motorcyclists may use the road network.