The Road Ahead : August 2010
turning left from a slip lane g Did you know that in Queensland you must turn left at a slip lane if one is available? WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 72 THE ROAD AHEAD AUG/SEPT 2010 MEMBER ESSENTIALS RACQ LEGAL UPDATE IF YOU FAIL to turn left from a slip lane, you risk being fined $80 and incurring two licence demerit points. (Slip lanes are lanes separated from the intersection by traffic or painted islands and are used for making left turns). Tempted not to turn left if there is congested traffic in the slip lane? Think again -- the only exception to the turning left at a slip lane rule is if the slip lane is obstructed, a typical example of which is a broken down vehicle blocking the slip lane. In this situation, you may turn left at the main part of the intersection, which will usually have traffic lights. Note that a queue of congested traffic is not considered an obstruction. Clarification: The fourth paragraph of the June/July Street Legal column suggests that it is acceptable to tint clear glass windscreens. This is incorrect. However, tinted windscreens that are manufactured from approved tinted glass and meet the standards defined by Queensland Transport are acceptable. Tinting film may be applied to the upper 10 percent of a windscreen only if the film does not have a reflectance value of more that 10 percent or extends below a horizontal line connecting the uppermost points of the arcs swept by the vehicle manufacturer's original wiper blades. The Department of Transport and Main Roads publication All about modifications to motor vehicles deals with this and other common types of modifications. This column provides general information only on legal topics. Members can obtain information and guidance on legal queries of a motoring nature from the RACQ Legal Advisory Service by calling 3361 2575.
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