Important Information

Space Between Vehicles

You must maintain a 2-second space behind the vehicle in front of you, more if the road is wet. 3-second space for heavy vehicles.

When Towing

The two vehicles must not be more than 3.5m apart.

If the distance between two vehicles is 1.8m or more, the tow rope must be made clearly visible with a red flag tied to it.

Max speed: 30 km/h unless a solid bar is used or the towed vehicle is a semi-trailer.

Lights of the Vehicle

Headlights must be on when visibility is 150m or less.

Bright lights must be able to see pedestrians 100m ahead but must not strike the road more than 45m ahead.

Parking lights must only be used outside of a demarcated parking bay or in a dark area 12m or more from a streetlight.

Stationary Vehicle

Triangles must be displayed at least 45m behind a stationary vehicle.

Tyres & Tread

Tyre tread must be at least 1mm deep.

Tyres must not have any breaks or cuts longer than 25mm or 10% of tyre width.


Hooter must be audible for 90m.

When Hearding Animals

People herding animals must carry a warning sign 150m ahead and behind the herd and must carry a red light between sunset and sunrise, and a 300mm2 red flag during the day.

When Stopping

Where the outer edge of the nearside wheel is more than 450mm into the roadway, except where a road sign permits you to.

On the road or within 1m of the edge of a road in a non-urban area.

Next to or within 1.5m of a fire hydrant.

Within 5m of an intersection in an urban area.

In an urban area on a two-way road which is less than 5.5m wide.

Within 9m of a pedestrian crossing.

On or closer than 6m to a tunnel, bridge, subway or narrowed point on the road.

Closer than 9m to a pedestrian crossing except to let a pedestrian cross. You may drive on the left shoulder of a single lane road during the day to let vehicles overtake you, but do so only if it is safe, and people and vehicles 150m ahead are visible, and it is not a multi-lane road or freeway.

Size & Loads of a Vehicle

Special Vehicles 230kg or less, adapted for disabled people, are not allowed on freeways.

Cargo must not exceed half the height of the vehicle if carried on the roof (except for bicycles).

Vehicle must not exceed 4.3m in height.

Vehicle must not be more than 2.5m wide.

Loads must not project more than 300mm in front of vehicles.

Loads must not project more than 1.8m at the back of the vehicle. If the vehicle is already max length then no projection is allowed.

Loads that project more than 150mm to the side or more than 300mm to the rear must be marked with a 300mm2 red flag at each corner during the day.

If the load is less than 600mm wide, one red flag during the day or one red reflector at night is sufficient.


Passengers may be carried on the back of an open truck or van if they are seated and the sides are 350mm above the seating surface or standing if the sides are 900mm high.

2 children up to the age of 6 are counted as 1 adult, and 3 children between the age of 6 and 13 are counted as 2 adults.

Each adult requires 380mm of seat length.