are being hit with hefty fines for not
filtering correctly and one rider even
believes it’s a police sting.
Queensland, ACT and, from September,
Victoria all have lane filtering laws
now and many states in the US are
considering introducing them. It’s about
time. Lane filtering will avoid riders
being rear ended and allow all traffic
to flow better.
these laws came in, people were being
fined small amounts for failing to stay
in their lane or passing on the left.
is a big leap forward to have lane
filtering allowed, breaking the complex
laws now means copping hefty fines of
more than $300 and three demerit points.
are strongly advised to check their
local lane filtering laws as the laws
differ in each jurisdiction.
example, Queensland is the only state
that allows the emergency lane or road
verge to be used on highways posted at
more than 90km/h.
one Brisbane rider has noted a
ridiculous anomaly on the 100km/h
that lane filtering can only be done in
peak hour when the traffic is crawling
at less than 30km/h. However he says
that is when the electronic signs are
changed to 80km/h – a ridiculous move
because no one can go that fast, anyway.
Queensland police confirm that it is
illegal to lane filter when the
electronic signs indicate a speed less
totally ridiculous, counterproductive,
rider, Lee Sears, believes police have
resorted to entrapment on a Pacific
Motorway on-ramp by fining
lane-filtering riders for speeding up to
merge on to the highway. He was one of
those fined $341 and three points, yet
he believes he was doing his best to
avoid an accident.
were positioned in a place of severe
congestion where motorcyclists like
myself had to speed up in order to
access the slip road at a speed that’s
higher than 30km/h,” he says.
to otherwise we could cause an accident.
And that’s when they catch us as we
leave the hard shoulder.
initially travelling at around 30km/h
and because the congestion was so severe
I wasn’t able to return to the immediate
lane so I sped up to meet the speed of
the slip road and that’s when they got
me. Very unfair and dishonest.”
already pointed out that trying to
filter through heavy traffic, monitoring
for erratic driver behaviour, is
difficult while also adhering to strict
30km/h maximum speeds. Riders can easily
and accidentally speed in such
situations and cop a hefty fine.
American states are introducing more
realistic speeds, although they vary in
respond by saying no one is forcing
riders to lane filter.
not good enough.
lane-filtering laws need to be made
uniform across all states, realistic
speed limits applied and police
enforcement needs to be discretionary
and not counterproductive to the
intention of the laws – that is, to
improve peak-hour traffic flow.