When can you cross a continuous white line?

RACV RoyalAuto magazine

Can you explain the rule regarding vehicles crossing a continuous white line to enter a driveway? I thought this was illegal, but you often see it.

V. Findling, Plenty

A driver must not overtake or do a U-turn across a single continuous centre line, or a single continuous line to the left of a broken line, unless to:

  • enter or leave the road;
  • park in angle parking on the opposite side of the road, provided the driver does not need to do a U-turn to reach it;
  • enter a part of the road from another part of the road (for example, moving to or from a service road);
  • avoid an obstruction, provided the driver has a clear view of oncoming traffic, and it is necessary, reasonable and safe to do so. Drivers must take into account the hazard of driving to the right of the line to decide if it is reasonable.

Therefore a driver turning into a driveway is allowed to make a turn across a single continuous dividing line as they are leaving the road.  

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.

Written by Emily McLean
March 27, 2018

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