The rules for overtaking on the left

RoyalAuto magazine

On a dual-lane highway, if you are travelling in the left-hand lane and there is a vehicle ahead of you travelling below the speed limit in the right lane, is it permissible to overtake the other vehicle on its left-hand side?

J. Galea, Wodonga

There are a couple of rules to be aware of in this scenario. 

A driver on a multi-lane road may overtake to the left of a vehicle provided it can be safely overtaken in a marked lane, or the vehicle is turning right or making a U-turn from the centre of the road, and indicating. 

So in the scenario described on a multi-lane road, a driver may pass in the left-hand lane.

Emily McLean
August 2018

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For more details
on the Victorian Road Rules, go to racv.com.au/roadrules

Submit Road Rules questions to RoyalAuto, Level 9, 485 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 or care@racv.com.au, including 'Road Rules Question’ in the subject line.

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