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MRA has been the driving force in lobbying for legal ‘lane filtering’ here in WA since 2011.

After many years of sometimes frustrating lobbying, going back to our initial meeting on this issue in 2011 when Troy Buswell was the Minister for Transport,  we have finally received news on this issue.

Lane filtering was discussed at the meeting we had with the Road Safety Commission in January 2021, in regards to an education campaign leading up the official launch of lane filtering in WA on 29th March 2021.  We have also received a letter from the Minister for Police and Road Safety informing us that the legislation has been drafted.

We have carried out research into the wording of the legislation and this is what the legislation states –

  • The maximum speed a motorcycle is allowed to travel at when lane filtering is 30 km/hr.
  • The penalty for noncompliance is $100.00 fine and the 2 demerit points.
  • Learner riders cannot lane filter.
  • Only two wheel motorcycle can lane filter not sidecars or trikes (pretty obvious)
  • Not allowed at school or pedestrian crossings, or in a school zone.
  • Not allowed between a heavy vehicle.
  • If it is not safe to do so safely.

The surprise is it is not allowed on our freeways.

We have contacted the Road Safety Commission asking to the reasons behind this and have received a reply that it is not seen as safe. We will continue to argue this point and hope that we can get this section altered in the future, I for one don’t want to be forced to sit on a stationary motorbike on the freeway when it is 40 degrees Celsius and I am wearing all my safety gear. I believe this would be far more dangerous than lane filtering at 30km/hr.

These changes have been published in the Government Gazette(regulation 130A and 130B) and will become law on 29th March 2021



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    FFS…it was already legal, now you’ve given the pigs a excuse to hand out fines for doing it too fast… Then it’s my obligation to prove it wasn’t done faster than X-km/h.

    Who asked you to sort this out?

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    Dan Himself

    The freeway is definitel a place lane filtering should be legal! You have multiple lanes to filter through and generally a wider space between cars/lanes than in the suburbs, making it far safer! It’s far more hazardous to be sitting stationary on a 30deg plus day in full protective gear risking heat stroke or even the initial symptoms of light headedness and disorientation than filtering at low speed. How you lot make these decisions beggars belief and I doubt any of the motorcycle riding fraternity will stop doing what they’ve been doing since day dot, filtering.

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