Has motorcycle lane filtering been a success or a failure since it began operating about 18 months ago in the three eastern mainland states and the ACT?
We are conducting a poll to find out how it has affected you, what changes can be made to the laws and how motorists can better use this new law.
Many riders lane-filtered before it become legal in Queensland, NSW and Victoria and on trial in the ACT, but many more now welcome lane filtering for the safety and ease of movement it offers in heavy traffic.
However, it hasn’t been an easy introduction.
Since it began, we have heard a lot of negative anecdotes about lane filtering that include:
- Drivers racing filtering riders off the line;
- Motorists trying to block riders from filtering;
- Drivers abusing riders for lane filtering; and
- Tacks and nails scattered on road edges to trap filtering riders.
We asked the police and transport departments in each state/territory where lane filtering is allowed for figures on lane filtering crashes and fines for illegal filtering.
Few bothered to reply, but those that did said crashes caused by motorcycles lane filtering were not available because it was too soon since being introduced or lane filtering was not recorded as an attribute.
Only Queensland’s Main Roads replied with infringement figures, saying that for the first year up to the start of February 2016, there were 681 infringements issued for motorcycles unlawfully lane filtering.
And the fines aren’t cheap, either.
Before lane filtering, the fine was about $150 for passing on the left or $75 for failure to stay in your lane. Now the fines vary between states but are more than $300 and three demerit points.
There are some confusing parts to the new laws and anomalies between states that trap riders.
One example is that in Queensland you can use the side of the road if it is posted at 90km/h.
However, in heavy traffic, some of these roads have electronic speed signs that change to less than 90km/h in peak hour making filtering illegal at a time when it is most needed!
Please take part in our lane filtering poll and we will release results next week. We will also send the results to every transport and roads safety minister in the country to gauge their response to your comments.
(You can tick more than one statement and you can add your own.)