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U turn rules & penalties

When making a U-turn, you must:

  • ensure it can be done safely;
  • use your indicator to signal your intentions to other drivers;
  • give way to all other vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians on the road you are turning into.

You MUST NOT make a U-turn:

  • when you do not have a clear view of approaching traffic or it interferes with other traffic;
  • at traffic lights (unless there is a ‘U-turn permitted’ sign);
  • where there is a ‘no U-turn’ sign;
  • on freeways, including on and off ramps.

In Western Australia only - U-turns are allowed over a continuous white line.

OffencePenaltyDemerits
Making a U-turn where not permitted.$1002
Failing to give way when making a U-turn.$1003

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.

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The Road Safety Commission is a portfolio within WA Police Force. It reports to the Minister for Road Safety, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA.