However, the rules vary from just over the borders in NSW.
There were several rule variances in the trial that have been carried over to the permanent rules.
But the ACT also added a ban on filtering in ANY 40km/h including school zones, roadworks and city centres, even though the CBD is surely the most vital place to lane filter to the front of queues of traffic.
It’s the only state or territory with such a ban, although some Melbourne CBD streets have banned areas.
Only allowed by fully licensed motorcyclists (ie. learner and provisional licensed motorcyclists are not allowed to lane filter);
Not allowed on the kerbside next to a footpath or in bicycle lanes or breakdown lanes;
Not allowed in ANY 40km/h zones (such as school zones, roadworks and city centres); and
Not allowed past heavy vehicles and buses.
To allow lane filtering, the ACT had to create these exemptions to the road rules:
Overtaking on the left;
Passing too close;
Negligent riding / driving;
Unsafe overtaking; and
Driving within a single marked lane or line of traffic and moving from one marked lane to another marked lane across continuous line separating lanes.
A Justice and Community Safety Directorate spokesman explains that if a rider breaks any of these rules and is not lane filtering in accordance with the rules “the penalty would be that applicable to the offence the person has committed”. Some of these can be higher than the lane-filtering penalty.
“The exemption provides conditions under which lane filtering can occur including, that it is safe, and provides examples of where it would not be safe,” the spokesman says.
“A number of those examples would not have a specific penalty applicable.
“There is one example of ‘the rider is crossing a children’s crossing or pedestrian crossing’ – the infringement notice penalty for overtaking on a children’s crossing or pedestrian crossing is $474 and three demerit points.”