Red means ‘go’ at fewer intersections

The number of ‘left turn on red light’ intersections in Brisbane was set to be scaled back after a recent change to State regulations.

The Courier Mail reported Brisbane City Council (BCC) blamed new Queensland Government regulations for the reduction in trial sites where motorists were legally allowed to turn left on a red light. The change meant the number sites where the rule was applicable in the city would be reduced from 48 to 33.

Councillor Amanda Cooper was reported as saying BCC had been informed by the State Government that the initiative, which had been operating since April 2014, should be based on New South Wales road rules.

“This will mean that left turn on red will only be available at sites with less than 120 pedestrians using the intersection each day, which is significantly less than what has been allowed until now,” Cr Cooper said.

Intersections at Mitchelton, Bracken Ridge, Windsor, Geebung, Woolloongabba and Holland Park would all revert to traditional road rules under the changes.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said the Club supported the introduction of ‘left turn on red light’ rules only where it was safe to do so.

“It’s important to make sure sites don’t pose a risk for vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists, so we only want to see the trial rolled at sites which meet the strictest safety criteria,” Mr Spalding said.

”Drivers need to take care and observe the traffic conditions before turning wherever there’s a ‘Left Turn on Red Permitted After Stopping’ sign.

“Motorists must come to a complete stop and give way to other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists before turning left.”

Mr Spalding also reminded motorists they were not compelled to turn left at a red light if they did not want to.

“You’re not legally required to perform the manoeuvre if you don’t feel comfortable, so take the time to assess safety and don’t feel pressured.”