Queensland’s Road Sharing Rules are Here to Stay

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Road sharing rules introduced in Queensland as a trial are now here to stay

Motorists passing a bicycle rider travelling in the same direction must stay wider of the rider by giving a minimum of:

  • At least 1 metre when passing bicycle riders in a 60km/h or less speed zone;
  • At least 1.5 metres where the speed limit is over 60km/h.

The minimum passing distance applies even if the bicycle rider is riding around an obstacle.


The road sharing rules apply to all motor vehicles, including: 

  • Cars;
  • Motorcycles;
  • Heavy vehicles; and
  • Public transport vehicles.

To pass bicycle riders, provided the motorist has a clear view of any approaching traffic and it is safe to do so, motorists can:

  • Cross centre lines;
  • Cross double unbroken centre lines;
  • Cross straddle-lane lines; and
  • Drive on painted islands.

As a driver, you will get 3 demerit points and a $365 fine if you do not give the minimum distance when you pass a bicycle rider.


If something has happened on the road, contact a Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers – White Jordin Lawyers for a free, no obligation legal check on 07 3211 8644.