New laws will allow motorbike riders to ride along the edges when speeds are dropped.
New laws will allow motorbike riders to ride along the edges when speeds are dropped. Rae Wilson

Law change motorbike riders need to know

MOTORCYCLISTS are now permitted to ride along the edges of 90km/h roads when speeds are reduced.

This was revealed by RACQ after new laws were introduced.

Head of technical and safety policy Steve Spalding said the changes would result in reduced congestion on Queensland roads.

"The old laws used to stop motorbike riders from edge filtering where variable speed limit signs had the speed at less than 90km/h, and this usually occurred in busy traffic,” he said.

Riders will be able to move safely along the edge of the road, providing they're not going faster than 30 km/h under the new laws.

"Just like motorists, riders get frustrated in congestion and a stationary queue benefits no one, this helps more road users get through,” Mr Spalding said.

RACQ reminded road users lane filtering had been legal since 2015, and motorists needed to make sure they were taking time to check for motorcyclists.

"Motorcyclists are vulnerable and drivers can assist by taking that extra check of their mirrors and always use their indicators,” he said.

"Even at a slow speed, being side swiped by a car or truck is going to have serious outcomes for the motorcyclists.”

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