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Crossing continuous white lines

There are three types of single continuous 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 providing you have a clear view of any approaching traffic.

Crossing the edge line of a road for any reason.$1000
Crossing a continuous line when changing lanes.$1002
Crossing a continuous centre line.$1503

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.