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NSW New laws as of 01 Jul 16

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' at netrider.net.au started by Vertical C, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. The rule changes include amendments to the effect that motorcycle riders:

    · who are pushing a motorcycle do not have to wear a helmet, if the engine is not running and it is safe to do so

    · may stand on the footrests of a motorcycle provided it is safe to do so, for example to help them maintain control on roads with potholes or loose gravel



    · may remove a foot from the footrest when it is safe to do so, for example to stretch.


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    2016 NSW Road Rules Changes Fact Sheet On 1 July 2016, a number of changes were made to the NSW Road Rules. Most of these changes are simply to clarify existing road rules and make them easier to understand. Most amendments do not require a change in general driver behaviour. However, the changes affect all road users, so it is important that you read and familiarise yourself with the rules. The major changes are: Rules 98, 99 – Bicycle paths and separated footpaths have been added to the list of places where bicycle riders do not have to ride in the same direction as indicated by traffic signs on the road which are intended to be followed by drivers (e.g. one way signs; keep left/keep right signs). Rule 245 – Clarifies that bicycle riders are allowed to stand on the pedals facing forward, for example while riding uphill. Rule 250 – Bicycle riders with a medical condition that makes it impractical or unsafe for them to ride on the road are allowed to ride on the footpath. These bicycle riders must carry a medical certificate signed by a medical practitioner stating that the practitioner believes the rider should be allowed to ride on the footpath because of a medical condition. The certificate must include a start date and an expiry date not more than one year from the date of issue. The certificate must be produced to an officer upon request. The exemption does not apply if there is a shared path or bicycle path available near the footpath. A rider is also allowed to ride on the footpath when accompanying a bicycle rider with a medical condition who meets all these requirements. Rule 262A – Makes it clear that a bicycle rider may ride through a red or yellow traffic light when a green bicycle crossing light is showing, when travelling in the same direction. Rule 270 – A motorcycle rider who is pushing a motorcycle does not have to wear a helmet, if the engine is not running and it is safe to do so. Rule 271(1A) (a) – A motorcycle rider may stand on the footrests of a motorcycle provided it is safe to do so, for example to help them maintain control on roads with potholes or loose gravel. Rule 271(1A) (b) – A motorcycle rider may remove a foot from the footrest when it is safe to do so, for example to stretch. Rule 299 – The existing ban on using television receivers and visual display units in or on motor vehicles (such as IPads and DVD players) is extended to all vehicles, such as bicycles. Drivers and riders may only use a visual display unit as a driver’s aid, such as a GPS unit, if it is in a secure cradle fixed to the vehicle or an integrated part of the vehicle. Visual display units can still be used when the vehicle is parked. Penalty: $325 and 3 demerit points. In a school zone: $433 and 4 demerit points. Rule 300 – Makes it clear that when drivers make or receive a call from their mobile phone, it can only be a voice call. Drivers cannot use their phone to make video calls using apps such as Skype or Facetime. All other rules for using a mobile phone while driving, including mounting, apply. Penalty: $325 and 4 demerit points. In a school zone: $433 and 4 demerit points. Further information For further information on NSW Roads Rules see the Roads and Maritime website or call Service NSW on 13 77 88. A fully updated version of the NSW Road Rules 2014 is available on the New South Wales Government legislation website.
     
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  3. They are gradually working out kinks in some stupid rules. last years amendments included being able to take a foot off the pegs <10kmh as technically unless you could balance a bike at the lights you are committing an offence. Lol.
     
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  4. Well done MCC of NSW.

    Similar submissions have been made to the ARR's maintenance advisory group of the NTC - hopefully in the fullness of time this commonsense will break out nationally.
     
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