Qld lane filtering a sensible step for safety and easing congestion

31 October 2014
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers have today welcomed the announcement to introduce lane filtering in Queensland from early next year, saying the move was a sensible step for improving safety that will also help to ease congestion for road users.

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers have today welcomed the announcement to introduce lane filtering in Queensland from early next year, saying the move was a sensible step for improving safety that will also help to ease congestion for road users.

Lane filtering is defined as motorcycles moving between lanes of slow or stationary traffic, and differs to lane splitting, where traffic is moving at higher speeds.

Maurice Blackburn Principal Andrew McKenzie said the introduction of lane filtering would help to bring Queensland in line with other Australian states and territories.

“Already lane filtering has been successfully trialled in New South Wales, and a trial has also been announced for the ACT to commence from early next year,” Mr McKenzie said. “An evidence-based approach is always important; and in NSW significant evidence was gathered prior to the introduction of lane filtering.

“To have Queensland now also join these ranks is great news for motorcyclists - not just to help ensure consistency in road rules across states for people travelling but also because lane filtering has long been recognised as a safe and common sense measure to ease congestion.

“A large European study* previously undertaken found that allowing motorcyclists to move between slow or stationary traffic is safer for riders, and in fact lane filtering is now legal in many other places around the world.

“Maurice Blackburn has long championed the introduction of lane filtering not just in Queensland but more broadly and we continue to do so: it is important other states and territories also look to act on lane filtering as a priority to ensure a nationally consistent approach is in place to improve safety,” he said.

Maurice Blackburn supports the ground-breaking online road safety initiative Stop SMIDSY, that together with Australia’s motorcycling community has continued to push for lane filtering in every state and territory.

This has included an online campaign and video Motorcycle Lane Filtering, which plays a key role in helping to educate stakeholders and the broader community about the economic and safety benefits of lane filtering.

View the latest Stop SMIDSY online campaign or the Stop SMIDSY Facebook page.

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