Road rules

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Seat belts

All car drivers and passengers in Victoria must wear seat belts.

The driver of a car will be fined and will lose demerit points for driving without wearing a seat belt themselves, or for carrying passengers under the age of 16 who do not wear seat belts or approved child restraints. The driver may also lose his or her licence.

Passengers will be fined for not wearing seat belts if they are over 16.

The only times when you do not need to wear a seat belt are:

  • if you are the driver and you are reversing;
  • if you have a medical certificate saying that you cannot wear a seat belt;
  • if you have a certificate from the Roads Corporation saying that you do not have to wear a seat belt, or
  • if there is no seat belt fitted to the seat you are in and no other seat with a seat belt is available.

Children less than 1 year old cannot wear seat belts – they must wear an approved child restraint.

Motorcycle helmets

All motorcycle riders and passengers in Victoria must wear approved motorcycle helmets. There are no exceptions.

A motorcycle rider will be fined and will lose demerit points for riding without a helmet themselves, or for carrying a passenger who does not wear a helmet.

A passenger will be fined for not wearing a helmet.

Bicycle helmets and other rules for bicycles

Helmets

All bicycle riders and passengers in Victoria must wear approved bicycle helmets. There are no exceptions.

A bicycle rider will be fined for not wearing a helmet, or for carrying a passenger who is not wearing a helmet. The passenger might also be fined.

For more information on helmets and other stuff to do with cycling in Victoria, check out Bicycle Victoria’s web site at: Bicycle Victoria

Bicycle rules

When riding a bicycle, you:

  • must ride astride the seat facing forwards, and have at least one hand on the handlebars
  • must not carry more persons on the bicycle than the bicycle is designed to carry
  • must ride in the bicycle lane if it is provided
  • must not ride across a road on a crossing
  • must give way to pedestrians when riding on a shared path
  • must keep to the left on any paths
  • must not ride the bicycle while it is towed by another vehicle
  • must not hold onto another vehicle while the vehicle is moving.


 

Cycling at night

A cyclist must not ride at night or in reduced visibility conditions unless the bicycle or cyclist displays:

  1. a flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the front of the bicycle, and
  2. a flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the rear of the bicycle, and
  3. a red reflector that is clearly visible for at least 50 metres from the rear of the bicycle when light is projected onto it by a car's headlights on low beam.


 

Cycling on the footpath

You must not ride a bike on the footpath if you are 12 or older, except if you are supervising a child under 12 years old.

If you are riding on the footpath you must give way to pedestrians and keep to the left of the footpath unless it is impractical to do so.

Wheeled recreation devices and wheeled toys

Wheeled recreation devices include rollerblades, rollerskates and skateboards.

A wheeled toy includes a child’s pedal car, scooter, tricycle or similar toy used by a child under 12 years old.

A person travelling on a wheeled recreation device or wheeled toy:

  • must not travel on a road with a dividing line or median strip
  • must not travel on a one way road with more than one marked lane
  • must not travel on a road where a speed limit greater than 60 km/h applies
  • must keep to the far left side of the road as far as possible when travelling on a road, shared path or footpath
  • must not travel alongside more than 1 other pedestrian or vehicle travelling on the road in the same direction, unless overtaking
  • must give way to pedestrians and cyclists on a footpath or shared path
  • must not use a section of a separated footpath that is designated for use by pedestrians, unless crossing the path by the shortest route and the person does not stay on the path for longer than is necessary to cross
  • must not hold onto a vehicle while the vehicle is moving.


 

For more information on road rules and safety

Contact VicRoads or check out their web site.

VicRoads

VicRoads serves the community by managing the Victorian road network and its use as an integral part of the overall transport system. VicRoads works to achieve improved access, safety and mobility for Victoria's road users.

Phone: 13 11 74

Phone2: (02) 9854 2666 (overseas callers)

TTY: 1300 652 321

Website: www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

Address: 60 Denmark Street, Kew VIC 3101

 This page was last reviewed in 2008.

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