Overtaking can be dangerous. When overtaking, make sure you have a clear view of oncoming traffic and use your indicator to signal your intentions to other drivers.
Overtaking on the left
- Driving on a multi-lane road.
- Directed by an authorised person such as a police officer.
- The vehicle(s) in the right lane is stationary and it is safe to do so.
- A vehicle is indicating that it is turning right or making a U-turn.
Overtaking on the right
This is permitted when you’re both travelling in the same direction and you are not crossing a continuous white line.
Overtaking a vehicle on the right is NOT permitted when:
- At a railway, pedestrian or children’s crossing.
- At an intersection.
- There is a ‘no overtaking’ sign.
- There are single or double continuous centre lines.
- You do not have a clear view of approaching traffic.
Motorists should only overtake a cyclist when there is a clear view of the road ahead and if there’s enough space for you to pass. You may legally cross continuous white lines to safely pass a cyclist.
When travelling on roads with a speed limit up to 60km/h, allow 1 metre between your vehicle and the cyclist to pass safely;
When travelling on roads with a speed limit over 60km/h, allow 1.5 metres to pass a cyclist.