Keeping left & overtaking
On single lane roads, you must drive as far to the left as practical (except motorcyclists).
On multi-lane roads if the speed limit is 90km/h or more you must drive in the left lane. This same rule applies to any road where there is a ‘keep left unless overtaking’ sign.
On these roads you can only drive in the right hand lane if:
- you’re turning right or making a U-turn
- you’re overtaking
- the left lane is a special purpose lane, e.g. bus lane, bicycle lane
- the left lane is a turning lane and you are going straight ahead
- you’re avoiding an obstruction
- the other lanes are congested with traffic.
|Failing to keep left in a multi-lane road.||$50||2|
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.