Discussion on lane filtering in Qld to ease congestion welcome

22 May 2014
Introducing lane filtering in Queensland would be a welcome move that would help to reduce confusion and ease congestion, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers said today.

The State Government have today released a discussion paper that looks at the introduction of lane filtering in Queensland.

Maurice Blackburn Principal Andrew McKenzie said the move would help to bring Queensland in line with other states.

"Currently there is confusion about what motorcyclists can and can't do on the roads when moving between lanes," Mr McKenzie said.

"There is also inconsistency between various states around laws on lane filtering.

"Maurice Blackburn has long championed lane filtering nationally - it is a highly effective way of reducing congestion and helping to make our roads safer for all users.

"Lane filtering is defined as motorcycles moving between slow or stationary traffic.

"New South Wales will start lane filtering on July 1 2014 and other states are taking a longer look including Victoria and the ACT so it would be great to also see Queensland follow suit.

"Lane filtering is an important, common sense approach to easing congestion and we hope it will be introduced here in Queensland.

"A large European study* previously undertaken has also shown it's safer for riders and it is legal in many other places around the world.

"We hope other states will consider looking at lane filtering as a key road safety policy to ensure consistency for road users across the country," he said.

Maurice Blackburn has continued to support a ground-breaking online road safety initiative that, together with Australia's motorcycling community, has helped to advocate for lane filtering, including an online campaign and video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSRY7RxMF1g.

*EU Motorcycle Accident Indepth Study (MAIDS) Final Report 2.0 2009.

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