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Overtaking
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Penalties


Failing to overtake at a safe distance = 4 demerit points and $400 fine.

Overtaking at a railway/pedestrian/children's crossing = 4 demerit points and $400 fine.

Overtaking on continuous white line = 3 demerit points and $200 fine.

Exceeding speed limit when overtaking = This will vary depending on speed.

Overtaking can be dangerous. When overtaking, make sure you have a clear view of oncoming traffic and use your indicator to signal your intentions to other drivers.

Overtaking on the left


Permitted when:

  • driving on a multi-lane road;

  • directed by an authorised person (e.g. police officer);

  • the vehicle(s) in the right lane is stationary and it is safe to do so;

  • a vehicle is indicating that it is turning right or making a U-turn. 

Overtaking on the right


This is permitted when you’re both travelling in the same direction and you are not crossing a continuous white line.

Overtaking a vehicle on the right is NOT permitted:

  • at a railway, pedestrian or children’s crossing;

  • at an intersection;

  • where there is a ‘no overtaking’ sign;

  • where there are single or double continuous centre lines;

  • where you do not have a clear view of approaching traffic.

Motorists are required to overtake cyclists at a safe distance. It is recommended that cyclists are overtaken by at least a metre up to 70km/h and two metres at higher speeds.

If you’re being overtaken - keep left; don’t increase your speed; and don’t prevent the vehicle from overtaking you.