U turns allowed

Although states in Australia generally adhere to the “Australian Road Rules”, Priscilla and I have noticed a few differences in the way they are implemented in Victoria to what we are used to in NSW.

The most talked about is the Hook Turn. This is where you turn right from the left hand lane to keep the road clear for trams.

One that gets me the most, though, is you are allowed (even encouraged) to do U-turns from the right hand lane. At intersections, traffic lights, wherever. In NSW you get fined for doing a U-turn unless it is explicitly signposted – in Victoria the opposite applies.

Wikipedia: The Australian Road Rules forbid u-turns at signalised intersections except where explicitly permitted, Victoria retains the state’s earlier rule of permitting u-turns except where explicitly forbidden.

In NSW there is a great rule “Turn left on red allowed after stopping” which confuses people down here.

In general, though, the roads are a little better surfaced (except the Monash Freeway), the lanes are a little wider, and the police are less tolerant than in NSW. There are also some great driving roads around Melbourne and some lousy traffic near the CBD. So, a little different, but mostly the same.

One Reply to “U turns allowed”

  1. I’m totally with you on the u-turns – I’ve been driving around brisbane the last week and it seems that people will do a u-turn at the most inappropriate intersections. And because we’re in qld and everyone drives a 4wd, its particularly interesting when they don’t have the turning circle to make it around and have to do a three point turn in the middle of an intersection…

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