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Motor Bike Lane Filtering
Lane filtering is when a motor bike rider travels at low speed in between two lines of stationary or slow moving traffic travelling in the same direction and is legal in South Australia.
Strict conditions apply to lane filtering:
- only permitted at speeds of 30km/h or slower
- only permitted when safe to do so, and when there is sufficient clearance between vehicles
- not permitted in a school zone or across pedestrian and children's crossings
- not permitted next to parked cars, between vehicles and the edge of the road, or on roundabouts
- not permitted in bicycle or tram lanes
- only permitted by R and R-Date licensed motor bike riders. Persons with a P1 Provisional or Learner’s permit and moped riders with a car licence only must not lane filter
The penalty for unlawful lane filtering is an expiation fee and 3 demerit points.
Quick facts about motor bike lane filtering laws in South Australia.
What is lane filtering?
Lane filtering is when a motor bike rider travels at low speed between 2 vehicles, each vehicle travelling in the same direction as the motor bike; and in separate, but adjacent, marked lanes or lines of traffic.
Why allow lane filtering?
Lane filtering may improve safety for motorbike riders as they have greater control over their exposure to traffic, particularly vehicles following behind.
Moving in between two lanes of stationary or slow moving traffic may reduce a motor bike rider’s risk of being hit from behind by an inattentive driver.
Who is allowed to lane filter?
Motor bike riders in South Australia with an R or R-Date licence class (who are not required to display an L or P plate) may lane filter between stationary or slow moving traffic travelling in the same direction, provided they do not exceed 30km/h and it is safe to do so.
This means that it must be done with due care and regard to all other road users.
What about interstate riders visiting South Australia and South Australian riders interstate?
Riders who are required to display an “L” or “P” plate on their motor bike as a condition of their interstate licence are not allowed to lane filter in South Australia.
If you intend to travel interstate you should check the relevant state’s laws about lane filtering, as conditions may vary.
What is the penalty for unlawful lane filtering?
Motor bike riders must abide by the conditions that apply to lane filtering or they risk receiving a fine and 3 demerit points.
Police can also charge riders with a number of road traffic offences if lane filtering is done in negligent or dangerous manner.
Can moped/scooter riders lane filter?
Moped and scooter riders are not allowed to lane filter unless unless they have a motor bike licence class endorsement (R or R-Date). This is because they may not have the riding skills attained by a person who has passed the Advanced Rider Safe training course to obtain their motor bike licence class.
* A moped is a motor bike (other than a power-assisted bicycle) with an internal combustion engine capacity not exceeding 50 millilitres; or a motor other than an internal combustion engine, and is capable of a speed not exceeding 50 kilometres per hour.
Why aren’t L & P plate riders allowed to lane filter?
Learner riders have only completed the Basic Rider Safe training course and may not have the riding skills attained by a person who has passed the Advanced Rider Safe training course required to obtain a R endorsement.
P1 licence holders are inexperienced road users who may still be developing their hazard perception skills.
The Lane Filtering in South Australia video has been created to provide information on how to lane filter in South Australia.
The Rider’s Safety Handbook contains important information on road rules for motor bike riders.