Why this car sparked peak-hour chaos on a Melbourne freeway

A driver has caused commuter chaos after reportedly attempting to sell a caravan on the side of a busy freeway in Melbourne.

In a photo released by VicRoads, the caravan is seen pulled over along with a car on the side of the Princes Freeway at Laverton North about 6.30am on Tuesday morning.

The driver was set up in the spot for more than 30 minutes before he was asked to move.

“Drivers slowed passing the illegally stopped car and caravan on Princes Freeway. This caused significant hold-ups throughout the morning peak,” a VicRoads spokesperson told Yahoo7 News.

“At worst, delays stretched back as far as Werribee.”

The driver was pulled over in an emergency lane on the Princes Freeway, Melbourne. Source: VicRoads

VicRoads said they noticed the unusual delays about 7.15am and discovered the driver had illegally stopped in the left emergency lane of the city-bound carriageway, just prior to the M80 Ring Road exit.

In Victoria, drivers can be fined $332 for failing to obey no stopping in emergency lane signs.

Fines of $97 also apply for stopping on a freeway or stopping in an emergency lane.

Failure to keep clear of emergency vehicles comes with a $282 fine.

Yahoo7 News has contacted Victoria Police for comment.