Most experienced drivers would like to think they have a pretty sound understanding of their state’s road rules, but there’s one obscure law that could see them slapped with an on-the-spot fine.
Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads on Tuesday issued a public warning to drivers on Monday and despite some scepticism from social media users, they weren’t horsing around.
“If you’re driving near a horse rider and they signal that their horse is jumpy or agitated then you must stop at the side of the road and turn off your motor,” they wrote on Twitter.
“It’s for the rider’s safety, the horse’s safety, and for yours.”
You know your road rules, and now’s your chance to prove it.
The rider's signalling that they're having trouble controlling their horse. What must the driver of the orange car do? pic.twitter.com/gR3swu0eTO
— Transport Main Roads (@TMRQld) July 16, 2018
Failing to do so can result in an on-the-spot fine of $130.
The horse rider can signal to the driver by raising a hand and pointing to the horse.
From there, the driver must not move the vehicle until the noise of the motor of the movement of the vehicle won’t aggravate the horse.
“A driver who fails to pull over and turn off their engine near a restless horse could be issued with an on-the-spot fine of $130,” a TMR spokesperson told Yahoo7 News.