Eight road rules you need to know, but probably don't
DID you know a person is exempt from wearing a bike helmet if they are a member of a religious group? Here's a list of quirky road rules you may not know.
1. A person is exempt from wearing a bike helmet if they are a member of a religious group and the person is wearing a type of headdress customarily worn by members of the group.
2. If you are drinking a coffee on your way to work or putting on lipstick at the traffic lights, you could be booked for driving without due care and attention, and given a notice to appear in court to be dealt with a magistrate.
3. Pets and people are not allowed on laps, but it is not illegal to have a dog unrestrained, but it is recommended drivers restrain their dogs for their pet's safety and welfare. Children must sit in a proper child restraint or seat and pets must be beside the driver or on the floor.
4. Fines apply for stopping within three metres of a public post office box, unless (briefly) picking up or dropping off a passenger or mail.
5. A driver must not stop within one metre of a fire hydrant, fire hydrant indicator or fire plug indicator.
6. Failing to give way to a pedestrian in a shared zone carries a $341 fine.
7. It is an offence to use the horn unnecessarily, such as to say goodbye to friends or using it to indicate your frustration with other motorists. A driver must not use a horn unless it is necessary to use it as a warning device to warn others of your presence.
8 .Failing to dip headlights when travelling behind another vehicle comes with a $45 fine.