'Is it even legal?': Red light road rule quiz baffles drivers

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A road rules question about motorbikes and cars has left people absolutely dumbfounded and some furious.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads in Queensland posed the question to people on Facebook with a picture of nine cars in three lanes with four motorbikes - red, orange, green and blue.

The photo shows the cars stopped at a red light and the motorbikes are behind the second row of cars.

“Which of these motorcycle riders are lane filtering correctly?” it asked.

One man wrote “all of them” are fine to lane filter. Some answered orange, green, and blue motorcycles were all OK.

Six cars are pictured with three motorbikes.
Do you know which of these motorbikes are correctly lane-filtering in this image? Source: Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland

Others complained lane filtering shouldn’t be allowed at all.

“They shouldn’t be ‘filtering’ at all, is this legal? It annoys me when bike riders weave their way through traffic at intersections,” one man wrote.

Another called the lane filtering law “discriminatory” and expressed his frustration at having to “sit in a line of traffic and wait my turn to get to my destination slowly (and potentially frustratingly)”.

“While some person can scoot past (sometimes still extremely unsafely) all the hold ups and get to their destination quicker and possibly on time,” he wrote.

One woman wrote there shouldn’t be any lane filtering because “many car drivers don't pay attention to anything happening around them”.

The correct answer is revealed

However, some people actually put their frustration aside and answered the question correctly - it’s just the green and blue motorcycles who are doing it right.

“Lane filtering is riding between two adjacent lines of stationary or slow moving traffic travelling in the same direction,” the department wrote.

“When lane filtering motorcycle riders may not travel at a speed greater than 30km/hr, and must hold an open licence for the motorcycle type they are riding.

“To help ensure pedestrian safety, lane filtering is only allowed between stationary or slow moving vehicles, not between a vehicle and the kerb.

“Therefore, only the green and blue motorcycles are lane filtering correctly.”

As can be seen in the image - the orange bike is next to the kerb and the red one is between a car and potentially oncoming traffic separated by two solid white lines.

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