Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004

Drivers’ signals

3.10 Drivers’ signals

(1)

This clause applies if a driver intends to—

(a)

stop or reduce speed; or

(b)

turn or move to the right or draw out from a kerb on the left side of the vehicle; or

(c)

turn or move to the left or draw out from a kerb on the right side of the vehicle; or

(d)

enter a roundabout; or

(e)

leave a roundabout.

(2)

If a driver intends to stop or reduce speed, and is able to signal only by means of a manually-operated approved signalling device or an arm signal, the driver must signal for at least 3 seconds either—

(a)

by means of the approved signalling device; or

(b)

if an arm signal can be clearly seen from the rear, by extending (in the case of the rider of an all terrain vehicle, a motorcycle, a moped, or a cycle) either arm or (in the case of any other driver) the right arm directly outwards with the upper arm horizontal and the forearm vertically upwards.

(3)

A driver who intends to turn or move to the right or to draw out from a kerb on the left side of the vehicle must signal for at least 3 seconds either—

(a)

by means of an approved signalling device; or

(b)

if an arm signal can be clearly seen from both the front and the rear of the vehicle, by extending the right arm directly outwards in a horizontal position.

(4)

A driver who intends to turn or move to the left or to draw out from a kerb on the right side of the vehicle must signal for at least 3 seconds either—

(a)

by means of an approved signalling device; or

(b)

if practicable and able to be clearly seen from both the front and the rear of the vehicle, by extending the left arm directly outwards in a horizontal position.

(5)

A driver entering a roundabout—

(a)

who intends to leave at the first exit after entering the roundabout, must signal a left turn before entering:

(b)

who intends to leave more than half-way around the roundabout, must signal a right turn before entering.

(6)

A driver who intends to leave a roundabout must, if practicable, make any left-turn signal immediately before the intended exit and after any intervening exit from a roundabout.

(6A)

It is not a breach of subclause (5) or (6) for the rider of a cycle not to signal if it is impracticable for him or her to make an arm signal.

(7)

It is not a breach of this clause if—

(a)

arm signals are impracticable or not clearly visible because of the construction, equipment, or loading of the vehicle; and

(b)

the vehicle is not required to be fitted with the relevant approved signalling device and is not fitted with the device.

Compare: SR 1976/227 r 15

Clause 3.10(6A): inserted, on 1 November 2009, by clause 12(1) of the Land Transport (Road User) Amendment Rule 2009 (SR 2009/253).

Clause 3.10(6A): amended, on 1 October 2011, by clause 9 of the Land Transport (Road User) Amendment Rule 2011 (SR 2011/307).

Clause 3.10(7)(a): amended, on 1 November 2009, by clause 12(2) of the Land Transport (Road User) Amendment Rule 2009 (SR 2009/253).