This bit of news is a tad old but is worthwhile throwing up for when its happening.
The NSW Government has announced that motorcycle lane filtering will be made legal in NSW later this year.
Motorcycle lane filtering is when a motorcycle rider moves past stationary or slow moving vehicles in the same lane. Currently, it is illegal for motorcycle riders to lane filter in Australia.
In 2013, a lane filtering trial was conducted in the Sydney CBD to investigate the impact on road safety and traffic congestion of allowing motorcyclists to legally lane filter.
Based on the trial findings and the Centre for Road Safety’s recommendations, the NSW Government will:
- Make lane filtering legal when done safely at a speed 30km/h or under
- Create a new offence of ‘lane splitting’ to outlaw dangerous behaviour where a motorcycle rider moves past vehicles in the same lane at an unsafe speed faster than 30km/h
- Launch an awareness campaign to educate all road users about this change in the law
It is planned that the new laws will commence on 1 July 2014. The Centre for Road Safety has started preparing the required changes to the law in consultation with the NSW Police Force.