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This page contains answers to the most common questions young people ask us about road rules. It is not a full list of road rules!
Do I have to wear a seatbelt in a car?
Yes. You have to wear a seat belt in a car as both a driver and a passenger. If you’re driving without a seatbelt, you can be fined $330 and will lose 3 demerit points! If you’re carrying a passenger without a seatbelt, you can be fined about $330 for each passenger without a seatbelt!
If you’re over 16 and you’re a passenger in a car and you’re not wearing a seatbelt, you can be fined $330!
Do I have to wear a helmet on a motorbike?
Yes. All motorcycle riders and passengers have to wear approved motorcycle helmets. There are no exceptions. If you’re driving without a helmet, you can be fined $330 and lose 3 demerit points. If you’re a passenger, you can also be fined $330!
Can I do lane filtering?
You can do lane filtering only if you have your unrestricted motorbike licence, you’re travelling less than 30km/h, it’s not a school zone and it’s safe for you to do so. For more information on lane filtering, visit: http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/motorcyclists/lanefiltering/
For more information on staying safe on motorcycles, http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/motorcyclists/index.html
Do I have to wear a helmet on a bicycle?
Yes. All cyclists and passengers on bikes have to wear helmets. You can be fined $330 for not wearing a helmet.
Can I ride my bike on the footpath?
You can only ride your bike on a footpath if you are under 12 years old or you’re supervising a child who is under 12 years old.
For more information on staying safe on a bicycle in New South Wales, check out this page: http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/bicyclists/safe_riding.html
Do I have to wear a helmet?
No, you don’t have to wear a helmet if you’re on a skateboard, rollerblades or roller-skates, but it’s still a good idea.
There are also some other laws about riding skateboards, rollerblades and roller skates:
No. If you’re on your Ls, P1s or P2s, you can’t use your phone at all while driving, even if it’s on hands-free or you’re just touching it to change the music. If you’re caught, you could be fined $330.
Yes. Speeding is always against the law. If you’re caught speeding, you could lose your licence on the spot, depending on how fast you were going.
If you’re on your P or L licence, there are special speeding laws that apply to you. Please check out our Licences page for more information.
When you’re driving a car or motorbike, your number plates must always be visible. If they’re not visible or you don’t have them, you can be fined between $439 and $659!
Check out the NSW Government’s web site: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/safety-rules/road-rules/index.html
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