What's the road rule? ... Red arrows

RACV RoyalAuto magazine

red right turn arrow on a traffic light

When waiting to turn right at an intersection, sometimes the red turning arrow disappears. What are the rules for this? 

D. Aly, Wantirna

In this scenario a driver must obey the red arrow by stopping. Once the arrow drops out, a driver must obey any remaining traffic lights.

If the remaining traffic light is green, the driver may start to turn right as they would at an intersection without arrows. This means giving way to any oncoming vehicles going straight ahead or turning left (except if turning left using a slip lane) and any pedestrians at or near the intersection on the road the driver is turning into.

At some intersections once the arrow drops out there are no other traffic lights present. In this case, the driver turning is allowed to start their turn after giving way as above.

For more details on the Victorian Road Rules, go to racv.com.au/roadrules
Submit Road Rules questions to RoyalAuto, 550 Princes Hwy, Noble Park North, VIC 3174 or care@racv.com.au.

Written by RACV’s Emily McLean