'Dumbest law ever': Confusion over 'pathetic' road rule

Ash Cant
·3-min read

Some road rules are relatively straight forward, while others seem to cause confusion or are just not well known.

On Wednesday, RACQ questioned people on social media, testing their knowledge on how far you're legally allowed to leave your car window down when you park your car.

They left it for people to debate in the comments and offered up four possible answers:

A) up to 3cm, B) up to 5cm, C) up to 7cm or D) up to 10cm

Many people in the comments thought none of the options were correct, thinking you have to wind up you window the whole way.

"I thought that they had to be fully up. Interested to know the answer," one person commented.

RACQ questioned how far down someone can leave their window, when they leave their car unattended. Source: Facebook/RACQ
RACQ questioned how far down someone can leave their window, when they leave their car unattended. Source: Facebook/RACQ

"I also thought none but if I have to choose I say a," another person said.

"If I left it open even 3cm I could guarantee a thief would be able to break in and steal my car so never leave them open. I would have thought the slogan ‘Lock it or lose it’ referred to windows as well."

Another person suggested the answer was 'B', which is the correct answer for Queensland.

"B! You must secure your vehicle before leaving it,"RACQ confirmed on the Facebook post.

"And because of that, your windows have to be up with a gap of less than 5cm."

Anger over car window rule

Vehicles must be secured and locked before leaving the vehicle while it is parked on a road, or in a car park as per the Queensland Government's rules. Your vehicle is considered "unattended" if you are more than 3 metres away from it.

The Queensland Government also notes there is a list of things one must do before leaving your vehicle unattended:

  • switch off the engine

  • apply the parking brake

  • remove the ignition key if there is no one 16 years of age or older in the vehicle

  • wind up the windows if possible—a gap of 5cm or less is acceptable

  • lock the doors if possible

The window rule also applies to car parks in Queensland. Source: AAP
The window rule also applies to car parks in Queensland. Source: AAP

However, not everyone liked the rule regarding windows.

"Why the heck is it illegal?" one person said. 

"Leave it up to the person to take the risk or not... doesn’t hurt anyone else if they leave their window down."

Another person said it was the "dumbest law ever", while someone else asked a question regarding convertibles and what the rules are with them.

"With a convertible the windows need to be up and doors locked the same as if it wasn't a convertible. It's our recommendation that the roof is shut if it can be," RACQ responded.

Earlier this year, a man copped a $114 fine for leaving his window down in Sydney — in NSW you are allowed to crack the window 2cm while leaving the car unattended.

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