Ask RACQ: is it illegal to reverse out of a driveway?

At RACQ, we’ve had several members recently ask us if it’s illegal to reverse out of a driveway in Queensland.

ANSWER: It is not illegal. The road rules state you must not reverse further than necessary though, and you may only reverse if it is safe to do so. There are no demerit points for disobeying these rules but you could be hit with a fine of $50.46.

It’s important to remember a reversing vehicle has to give way. You must give way to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists on the road and to any pedestrians and cyclists who may be on the footpath.

Other tips:

  • Before reversing, walk around the perimeter of your vehicle to check for hazards, including children
  • Reverse slowly, regularly checking your mirrors, rear window and reversing camera if you have one
  • If reversing across an obscured footpath, you may want to use your horn to warn pedestrians and cyclists of your arrival, or have someone else guide you to make sure it’s safe.