Crossing Continuous Lines

There are three types of single continuous (unbroken) lines:

1. Edge Lines

Are used to mark the edge of the road.

You can only cross over an edge line when entering or leaving the road or; passing a vehicle on the left or; turning right or making a U-turn; or stopping.

2. Lane Lines

Are used to define multiple lanes travelling in the same direction.

If the lane line is continuous, don’t cross the line to change lanes.

3. Centre/Dividing Lines

Are used to separate lanes travelling in different directions.

If the centre/dividing lines are continuous, do not cross that line unless you are turning right (i.e. to leaving or entering the road) or making a U-turn. The same applies if there is a continuous line on the left of a broken or dotted centre line.

Exception - IF you need to avoid an obstruction, you may cross the continuous centre line(s) if you have a clear view of any approaching traffic.

Offence Penalty Demerits
Crossing the edge line of a road for any reason. $100 0
Crossing a continuous line when changing lanes. $100 2
Crossing a continuous centre line. $150 3


The information available on our website provides a simple interpretation of the law and is not intended to constitute legal advice. Full details of traffic offences and penalties are contained in the Road Traffic Code 2000.