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This issue's winner is
M. Gere, for her letter
highlighting the need
for drivers to take
to whether you were going
into the outside or inside lane
and move into that lane with
due consideration to other
drivers. Also, if you're doing
below the posted speed limit
you go into the left lane. I have
noticed that about 50 to 60 per
cent of drivers dither between
choosing a lane and don't
indicate. Some then straddle the
dividing line as though they have
the right to take up two lanes.
I think you need to explain the
correct way to enter divided
According to the Road Traffic
Code 2000, when one lane
separates into two lanes the
driver should keep to the left
lane where practicable. No
indication is required if the
driver keeps to the left. If the
driver wishes to move to the
right lane, they should check that
it is safe to do so and then indicate
I am writing to you in the hope
that you can highlight the
regulations for U-turns at traffic
lights. I have discovered that
many drivers are of the mistaken
opinion that this action is allowed.
I am assured that it is in fact illegal.
I live close to a very busy junction
where I have witnessed many near
accidents as drivers cross two
lanes of oncoming traffic in order
to access the freeway, presumably
having missed the correct on-ramp.
If there is any way you can
remind drivers that U-turns at
traffic lights are simply not allowed
(unless there is a specific sign
allowing this) I would be most
grateful. There must be some
reason why so many people are
mistaken about this rule.
We have received more than
one letter on this subject in
recent weeks, so it's worthwhile
highlighting the subject. According
to the Department of Transport's
Drive Safe handbook you must not
make a U turn:
• unless the turn can be made
safely and without interfering
with the movement of other
• at traffic control signals (unless
there is a ‘U TURN PERMITTED’
• on a freeway.
I have to send out a compliment
to the community of Kalbarri.
During a recent holiday in
Kalbarri I found out that my
1997 Land Rover Discovery had
developed a leak in the brake
system. After investigating under
the bonnet it turned out to be the
Our day of driving in the
sand dunes was gone, however
I followed the signs to the RAC
approved service centre where
Mike, the operating mechanic,
acknowledged the problem and
jumped on the phone straight
away. Within five minutes there
was a brand new master cylinder
on its way from Perth, due to
arrive the next morning.
The next morning before
breakfast I gave the service centre
a call to find out if the part had
arrived. To my surprise it had.
I jumped in the car and drove
carefully (brake warning light
was on) to the service centre.
After dropping the car off I was
walking back to our
within a couple of
minutes I was offered a
ride by a friendly local.
Around lunchtime I
received a call to say the
car was ready and I started
walking back to the service
centre. You guessed it, I
was again offered a ride by
All and all, two thumbs up for
the Kalbarri RAC approved service
centre and the locals in Kalbarri.
U-turns are not allowed at traffic lights,
unless otherwise indicated.
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