Changes to edge filtering laws: RACQ

Motorcyclists would now be permitted to ride along the edges of 90km/h roads when speeds were reduced under new laws, revealed by the State’s peak motoring body.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said the changes would result in reduced congestion on Queensland roads.

“The old laws used to stop motorbike riders from edge filtering where variable speed limit signs had the speed at less than 90km/h – and this usually occurred in busy traffic,” Mr Spalding said.

“Under the new laws, riders will be able to move safely along the edge of the road, providing they’re not going faster than 30 km/h.

“Just like motorists, riders get frustrated in congestion and a stationary queue benefits no one – this helps more road users get through.”

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Mr Spalding reminded road users lane filtering had been legal since 2015, and said motorists needed to make sure they were taking time to check for motorcyclists.

“Motorcyclists are vulnerable and drivers can assist by taking that extra check of their mirrors and always use their indicators,” he said.

“Even at a slow speed, being side swiped by a car or truck is going to have serious outcomes for the motorcyclist.”