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Road rule quiz starts heated debate among car and motorbike riders

Motorbike road rule quiz sparks heated debate about lane filtering – so do you know the law?

  • Lane filtering road rules quiz sparks heated debate among drivers and riders
  • Motoring club tests Australian drivers on whether riders can skip past traffic
  • Drivers and motorcyclists are divided on whether or not it should be allowed 

By Alana Tindale For Daily Mail Australia

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A quiz about the whether motorbike riders are allowed to weave in and out of congested traffic has sparked heated debate among motorists.

The road rules test by motoring club RACQ asked whether motorbikes were allowed to weave in and out of congested traffic in Queensland.

Some angry drivers said even if motorbike riders were allowed to bypass cars, they should stick to waiting in line with everyone else.

A quiz about the laws around motorbikes in traffic congestion has sparked heated debate amongst drivers and motorbike riders

Lane filtering is allowed as long as traffic is less than 30 kilometers per hour and the motorbike rider has an open licence in Queensland, RACQ confirmed.

‘Lane filtering is legal in most Australian states, except Western Australia where no laws on lane filtering exist,’ Stephanie Brown from Shine Lawyers told Daily Mail Australia.

‘In contrast, lane splitting is moving past slow-moving or stationary vehicles at speeds faster than 30km/h or more … lane splitting is illegal.’ 

The quiz by motoring club RACQ asked whether motorbikes were allowed to weave in and out of congested traffic

Despite the legality of the practice, motorists were split on how safe they thought it was.

‘Most ridiculous law that has ever been passed,’ one commenter said.

‘[I] have had experience of riders doing this while traffic moving on the major motorways – putting themselves and others in danger.’

Another was more forgiving of the practice.  

‘Don’t have a problem with them doing it, when done with common sense and safety,’ they said. ‘Really it is a benefit of having a bike.’

A motorbike rider posted though they were allowed to do it, they didn’t feel safe lane filtering. 

‘I ride a bike and I consider this to a very dangerous practice. I wouldn’t recommend it.’

Some angry drivers said even if motorbike riders were allowed to bypass cars, it was unsafe and they should stick to waiting in line with everyone else

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