Queensland's transport body RACQ stuns motorists with confusing road rule question

By Claudia Poposki For Daily Mail Australia 03:48 18 Nov 2020, updated 03:48 18 Nov 2020

  • Transport body RACQ posted a road rule question to social media on Tuesday
  • Image showed a yellow car waiting to turn behind the stop line at a green light 
  • RACQ queried whether the car was allowed to move forward at the intersection 

Drivers have been left scratching their heads over a road rule question that asked whether a car that's turning right can enter an intersection when the traffic light turns green, even though there is oncoming traffic. 

On Tuesday transport body the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) posted an image of a yellow car behind the stop line as it waited for oncoming traffic to pass before turning right. ADVERTISEMENT

There was a green circle signal allowing the oncoming vehicles to continue straight through the intersection. 

'The traffic lights have just turned green and there are no turning arrow signals,' the social media post read.

Transport body the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) posted an image of a yellow car behind the stop line as it waited for oncoming traffic to pass before turning right

'True or false - the yellow car must stay behind the stop line until the blue and red cars have passed through the intersection.'

Several social media users were quick to answer that the yellow car must stay put.

'Should be true. You can't enter an intersection unless it is clear for you to proceed,' one person said, before conceding their driving instructor told them otherwise.

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Another said: 'We used to have to stay behind the line but now learner drivers are taught that they are to enter the intersection and cross when safe to do so.'

Others were more adamant that it was false, and the car could move into the intersection before turning when safe to do so. 

'It can go straight ahead to the turning point and then wait until all oncoming cars have passed and then make the turn.

Only one car at a time can do this.

All others wanting to turn must wait behind the line,' one person said.

Queensland's transport body RACQ stuns motorists with confusing road rule questionQueensland's transport body RACQ stuns motorists with confusing road rule questionSeveral social media users were quick to say the yellow car must stay put, while others disagreed

Another said: 'Having learnt to drive in Victoria and NSW, I've found it very strange the way people wait back at the line up here (in Queensland).

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'I think false, can enter.'

The RACQ finally settled the debate and said it was indeed false and the yellow car could enter the intersection on the green circle signal.

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'If the light changes to yellow or red after passing the stop line, the driver must leave the intersection as soon as the driver can do so safely,' the transport body's comment said.

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