When entering a freeway and the ramp lights are on, do you have to stop at the lights if there are no cars before you?
N. Fuller, Cranbourne
Yes. On some freeway entry ramps traffic lights control vehicles entering the freeway, usually during peak traffic times or when traffic is congested. Some operate 24 hours a day.
The lights make merging onto the freeway safer and easier by spacing out merging vehicles, and reducing disruption caused to freeway flow when vehicles enter.
When the lights begin to operate, the yellow light will flash for around one minute. The lights will then turn red and drivers on the entry ramp must stop at the stop line. The lights will then start to go through a green, yellow, red cycle.
Drivers must stop at a red light, and must not proceed until the light turns to green.
Only one vehicle may enter the freeway from each lane, unless signs indicate otherwise. Some freeway ramp signals allow trucks or vehicles with multiple people (T2) to bypass the lights for priority access onto the freeway.
As part of CityLink/Tullamarine widening, lights will be installed on all entries to CityLink and the Tullamarine Freeway, city-bound entries to the Calder Freeway and on the Bolte Bridge eastbound ramp heading towards the Burnley Tunnel.
For more details on the Victorian Road Rules, go to racv.com.au/roadrules
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