'How confusing': Give way road rule sparks online debate

A give way road rule has sparked debate and even left some drivers confused.

VicRoads posted a link to the rule on Facebook, informing drivers to give way to any pedestrians or cyclists crossing a road they are wanting to turn into.

“You must give way to any pedestrian at or near the stop sign or line. This includes pedestrians as well as bicycles crossing in front of you,” the rule states.

When entering or leaving a driveway, cars must also give way to cyclists and pedestrians passing.

VicRoads said drivers sharing the road with bike riders should also keep at least one metre away if travelling more than 60km/h, and when overtaking cyclists they must be well clear of the rider before moving back into the lane.

Drivers can cop a $161 fine for not complying with the rule. Source: VicRoads

A woman commented it “would make more sense” for pedestrians to stop and wait for any cars before crossing.

“This rule basically allows any person on the footpath to step onto the road at any time without any warning,” she said.

Another person commented drivers constantly needed to be aware of their surroundings.

“Only a moron would drive into a pedestrian or cyclist,” he said.

Drivers turning into a road must give way to cyclists and pedestrians. Source: VicRoads
Drivers must give way to pedestrians and cyclists when turning into a street. Source: Getty/file

One suggested the road rule was baffling.

“Wow, how confusing… I was always told to look right, look left, and look right again… THEN (sic) cross… but it would seem I can just walk into traffic,” he said. 

“Why have imaginary zebra crossings? Maybe just paint zebra crossings on every intersection to save the confusion.”

Drivers who fail to give way to pedestrians in Victoria will be slapped with a $161 fine.

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