This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 1 September 1997, make miscellaneous amendments to the Traffic Regulations 1976.
Regulation 2 inserts a new definition of flush median, and amends existing definitions to take into account flush medians. The definition of parking is amended to clarify that vehicles legitimately engaged in picking up or setting down passengers in a restricted area are not parked within the meaning of the regulations.
Regulation 3 limits overtaking on a flush median.
Regulation 4 exempts police vehicles from having to be fitted with approved child restraints.
Regulation 5 prohibits drivers from stopping or parking a vehicle on a flush median.
Regulation 6 extends the minimum distance between 'No Stopping' signs, in no parking zones on roads with speed limits over 70 kilometres, from 100 metres to 500 metres.
Regulation 7 aligns regulation 128 with new regulation 131.
Regulation 8 permits traffic signs to be mounted on unpainted, galvanised steel, or aluminium poles. It also allows back-to-back mounting of signs.
New regulation 131A allows certain traffic signs to be mounted on traffic signals. New regulation 131B allows certain combinations of traffic signs to be mounted on the same pole.
Regulation 9 inserts a new regulation 136A that lists the types of offences against the regulations that constitute stationary vehicle offences.
The offences listed are the same as those previously contained in section 41A of the Transport Act 1962 before its amendment by section 3 of the Transport Amendment Act 1997. The section now allows the regulations themselves to specify what is a stationary vehicle offence, rather than itself specifying those offences by cross-reference to specific regulations.
Regulation 10 changes provisions regulating traffic signs. In particular, it—
“Gravel Road” warning sign:
•Inserts a new
“Give Way” supplementary sign:
•Revokes, as from 1 August 1999, the
“No Stopping Rural” sign:
•Changes the format of the
“One Way” and
“Give Way to Pedestrians” signs:
“Free Turn” sign with a
“Turn Left at any Time with Care” sign:
“No Stopping at all Times” sign to be reflectorised except where it is positioned parallel to the road:
“Bus Stop” no parking sign to shuttle buses:
•Changes the format of the
“Supplementary Loading Zone” sign:
•Permits supplementary signs to be placed below
“Clearway” signs to advise about retrieving towed away vehicles:
•Omits the 5 minute limit from the
“Loading Zone” sign:
•Permits additional information to be provided in relation to the
“Parking Reserved Sign”.
Until 1 August 1999, the
“Give Way to Pedestrians”,
“Free Turn”, and
“Loading Zone” signs may be displayed in the form approved for those signs before the commencement of these regulations.