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Australian road rules

You are required to know the road laws while you're driving around Australia in your hired campervan -- ignorance will not be accepted as an excuse. Your cheap holiday may become very expensive if you break the law. While the road laws in Australia vary between states, the basic laws and requirements are the same or similar.

  • You must always drive on the left-hand side of the road.
  • The driver and all passengers must wear a seatbelt whilst travelling.
  • It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving.
  • All speed limits are measured in kilometres per hour.
  • The maximum speed limit:
    • On open roads and highways is usually 100 km per hour.
    • In built up areas is usually 50 km per hour.
  • In most states, the driver must have their licence with them at all times when driving.
  • You must obey all traffic signals and signage.
  • Police perform random alcohol and drug tests. The driver:
    • Must have a blood alcohol limit of .05 or lower.
    • Cannot take any type of drug that may affect driving ability.
  • You can expect to be charged for any traffic infringement, speeding, parking or road toll fines that you incur.

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