The Road Ahead : October 2010
RACQ LEGAL UPDATE MEMBER ESSENTIALS 67 OCT/NOV 2010 THE ROAD AHEAD keep clear, give way Know what to do when an emergency vehicle approaches. WHEN YOU SEE an ambulance or police vehicle with flashing lights and sounding an alarm traveling in the same lane as your vehicle, what should you do? Sections 78 and 79 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management -- Road Rules) Regulation 2009 state the requirements in Queensland for motorists to keep clear of, and give way to, police and emergency vehicles. Under this legislation, drivers must not move into the path of an approaching police or emergency vehicle that is displaying a flashing blue or red light, other lights or sounding an alarm. Motorists who are in the path of an approaching police or emergency vehicle that is displaying a flashing blue or red light must move out of the way as soon as they can do so safely. Drivers must give way to a police or emergency vehicle that is sounding an alarm or displaying a flashing blue or red light, regardless of whether or not it is displaying any other vehicle lights. This requirement applies, despite any other section of the legislation that would otherwise require the driver of a police or emergency vehicle to give way to a driver. A COMMON SOURCE of calls to RACQ's Legal Advisory Service involve motor vehicle accidents caused by one vehicle reversing into another in a suburban street or car park. What are the rules when reversing? Drivers must not reverse their vehicle unless they can do so safely. A driver who is reversing is also required not to reverse the vehicle further than is reasonable in the circumstances. 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 on 3361 2575. P&O Cruises from Brisbane White Cloud Wonders Week Fantastique MEMBER BONUS! Up Upt to o$1 $100 00 per per pe perso rson n o ob bo oard dcd redi ^ it^ nb n boar Contact your travel team directly on 1300 888 449 firstname.lastname@example.org 14 night New Zealand Cruise 7 night South Pacific Cruise Unpack once and relax on Pacific Sun while you enjoy all that your o ne low fare includes -- entertainment, accommodation, main meals and daily activities for kids. A sk about other amazing cruises from between 2 -- 14 nights to a number of idyllic destinations that depart from Brisbane. N113 -- 3 April 2011 N114 -- 10 April 2011 N116 -- 24 April 2011 N118 -- 8 May 2011 N120 -- 22 May 2011 Depart from Brisbane on board Pacific Dawn a nd discover a new world of choice, fabulous new amenities, a vast choice of activities and a spectacular line up of entertainment. W105 -- 29 Jan 2011 W108 -- 26 Feb 2011 W111 -- 26 Mar 2011 W108 and W111 operate in reverse itinerary from per person twin share No credit card fees $1,979* from per person twin share No credit card fees $899* * Fares are cruise only, per person, in AUD, in complete twin accommodation, lead interior categories available at time of printing, all taxes and government fees (which are subject to change). Valid for new bookings only. Not combinable with any other offer. ^On board credit is determined by the bonus package selected, is non-refundable and non-redeemable for cash and applies to passengers 13 years and over in lower berths only. Supplements apply for other stateroom categories. P&O Cruises has limited staterooms which are available at these fares. Fares may be varied or withdrawn at any time. To be read in conjunction with the Terms and Conditions available at pocruises.com/legal/passage contract/index.jsp. Contact P&O Cruises for details. While all information is correct at time of publication, some details could possibly change. Carnival plc trading as P&O Cruises. ABN 23 107 998 443. 2TA 5580. Issued September 2010.