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Can you stop in a ‘No parking’ zone to drop off a passenger? Australian traffic rules are answered NRMA

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Can you stop in a ‘No parking’ zone to drop off a passenger? Confusing traffic rules answered once and for all

  • Australian organization NRMA clarifies whether it is legal to stop in a ‘no parking’ zone
  • Drivers cannot drop off or pick up passengers for more than two minutes
  • The driver must also stay within three meters of the vehicle
  • Mobility permit holders can stop for a maximum of five minutes in these zoned areas

A traffic rule that often confuses Australian drivers has been clarified once and for all after the NRMA revealed it is legal to drop off or pick up a passenger in a ‘No parking’ zone.

“Drivers can stop for less than two minutes to pick up/drop off passengers or load/unload an item outside a no parking sign,” the organization’s Facebook post reads.

Also, the driver must remain within three meters of the vehicle, while mobility permit holders are allowed to stop for a maximum of five minutes in the zoned areas.

Drivers can stop for less than two minutes to pick up/drop off passengers or load/unload an item outside a "No parking" sign

A traffic rule that often confuses Australian drivers has been clarified once and for all after the NRMA revealed it is legal to drop off or pick up a passenger in a ‘No parking’ zone

Also, the driver must stay within three meters of the vehicle and mobility permit holders are allowed to stop for a maximum of five minutes in these zoned areas on the road (stock image)

Also, the driver must stay within three meters of the vehicle and mobility permit holders are allowed to stop for a maximum of five minutes in these zoned areas on the road (stock image)

On the other hand, if a sign is marked ‘Do not stop’, motorists are not allowed to stop in that area at any time.

Also, motorists cannot stop in ‘bus zones’ at any time.

Earlier this year divided a traffic rules quiz about which car has right of way when merging left-wing drivers.

On the other hand, if a sign is marked 'Do not stop', (middle) motorists are not allowed to stop in that area at any time

On the other hand, if a sign is marked ‘Do not stop’, (middle) motorists are not allowed to stop in that area at any time

Can motorists stop in areas where parking is not possible?

You are not allowed to park on a road or in an area with a ‘No Parking’ sign. This can be all the time or at certain times, as indicated on the board.

You may stop for less than 2 minutes if you stay within 3 meters of your vehicle if you:

– drop off or pick up passengers

– loading or unloading items

Source: nsw.gov.au

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads shared on Facebook an image of an orange car trying to change lanes.

The car, which was driving next to a blue vehicle, had to merge because their lane was about to widen.

“The driver of the orange car has to get into the same lane as the blue car, but who has to give way?”

Earlier this year, a traffic rules quiz about which car has priority when merging left-wing drivers divided

Earlier this year, a traffic rules quiz about which car has priority when merging left-wing drivers divided

Facebook users were torn as to who took precedence, with many explaining the reason for their decision.

“The orange car, but that never happens, especially in Brisbane, because they think they have the right to just drive in – usually without even looking,” wrote one viewer.

Another wrote: ‘Obviously the blue car has to give way enough! Unlike when you’re the blue car and you see the orange car speeding by to get in front of you and just drive in front of you!’

But the department questioned the latest commentator and encouraged them to double-check the rules.

The department explained that a motorist whose lane is running out must give way to traffic that is “already in the lane you are turning into.”

Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads has shared a photo of an orange car trying to change lanes on Facebook

Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads has shared a photo of an orange car trying to change lanes on Facebook

The department explained that a motorist whose lane is running out must give way to traffic that is

The department explained that a motorist whose lane is running out must give way to traffic that is “already in the lane you are going to.”

One driver wrote: ‘WOW! I’ve been driving in Australia for 20 years and never knew this’.

“So in this case it is the driver of the orange car who has to give way to the blue car.”

Some viewers called it “disturbing” how many fellow drivers did not know the traffic rules.

“If you answered blue, go to the nearest transportation department and hand over your driver’s license as a thank you,” one wrote.

“It’s really disturbing how many people get this wrong,” commented another.

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