Right of Way - Road Markings

This pages have been put together using Qld road rules legislation as of 2009.
It is in no way purposed or designed to be used for legal defense or legal advice!
It is designed to help you know the road rules and do the right thing.

Not to justify bad driving behaviours
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Road Markings can tell you a lot about the road you are on, including what the requirements are at any given intersection, especially who has the right of way.

In this article we will be looking at the difference between three different intersections and how the road markings can change the right of way. You'll notice there are no signs used, only road markings.

Give Way & Stop LinesOrder Give Way

Correct Order

1. White & Green

2. Red

3. Blue

Reasoning

Blue:

Blue is required to Give Way to Green & White because Blue is behind a Solid Line, this represents "Stop". Blue must also Give Way to Red as Blue is turning Right, across Red's path.

Don't forget Give Way vs Stop are equal in regards to giving way.

Red:

Red is required to Give Way to Green & White as Red is behind a Dotted Line which represents "Give Way". Red doesn't need to Give Way to Blue as Blue is turning Right, while Red is continuing Straight Ahead.

Don't forget Give Way vs Stop are equal in regards to giving way.

Green & White:

Green & White are both on the continuing road, which is marked by the continuing dotted line down the centre of their road. Also neither of them are turning Right, as such they don't have any Give Way requirements on them, except any safety concerns obviously.

 

Continuing RoadOrder Road Marked

 

Correct Order

1. White & Green

2. Red

3. Blue

Reasoning

The reasoning is pretty much the same as above except Red & Blue aren't behind a line, but the continuing dotted line marks the road which has the priority. As such Red & Blue must first Give Way to Green & White. Then Red will go as they are going straight ahead and Blue is turning Right.

 

Uncontrolled IntersectionOrder Uncontrolled

Correct Order

1. Red

2. Blue & White

3. Green

Reasoning

This is an Uncontrolled Intersection, this simply means there are no road markings or signs to control who has the right of way. When this happens we default to the rule "Give Way to your Right". This is theoretically what we should do when Traffic Lights aren't working, in practice this is not what happens though.

Green:

Green is required to Give Way to Blue because Blue is to their Right, even though Blue is turning right into Green's path.

Blue:

Blue must Give Way to Red as Blue is turning across Red's path and Red is approaching from in front, not from the Right. White is turning left so doesn't affect Blue.

White:

Again, even though White is turning into Red's Path; White is required to Give Way to their Right, as such Red has the right of way.

Red:

Red is continuing Straight Ahead but would be required to Give Way to Green, on their Right, but Green will need to Give Way to Blue which is already at the intersection. As such Red is able to continue Straight through the intersection.

 

WARNING:

While these rules are clear we ALWAYS teach "proceed with care". Regardless of your right of way, you should always watch the other cars to make sure they are Giving Way. Even if it is your right of way, there is no law anywhere that states you must "Take Way", it is always Given.

Road Rules are always under review and are often changed or updated. This page was accurate at time of publishing, while we endeavour to keep these pages up to date we may occasionally miss something. You as a road user are expected to keep up to date with the Road Rules.