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See Transport NSW's Media Release HERE

The Minister for Roads and Ports, the Honourable Duncan Gay has announced that Lane Filtering for Motorcycles in NSW will be legalised. The Minister's Media Release is at the bottom of the page.

Christopher Burns, spokesman for the Motorcycle Council of NSW (MCCofNSW) said;

“The Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay, Transport for NSW and the Centre for Road Safety should be applauded for this common sense move to legalise lane filtering in NSW and the first state in Australia to do so.

Lane filtering is the practice of motorcycles moving between stopped or slow-moving cars.

There are multiple benefits from lane filtering including reducing the risk of riders being caught up in a rear end collision by removing them from the danger zone. Rear enders are the most common collision in NSW and can result in a rider being severely injured.

Lane filtering has been common practice for motorcycle riders across the country and overseas for decades. The benefits of Lane Filtering have been internationally recognised as a solution to traffic congestion in built up areas and will assist in relieving congestion issues on NSW’s major and minor routes thereby assisting drivers with their daily commutes.

Ultimately riders are doing all road users a big favour by lane filtering and reducing congestion.

This also highlights the fact that the community consultation process in NSW is alive and well.”

Lane Filtering reduces congestion and with close to 4,000 motorcycles travelling into the Sydney CBD every weekday the benefits to other motorists is huge.”

Encouraging the use of motorcycles and scooters in Central Business Districts also relieves parking issues for local councils as five motorcycles can fit in the space of a single car.

Drivers are reminded to watch both their mirrors and look for motor bikes filtering through the traffic and riders are advised to manage their risk.

Full details of the lane filtering implementation can be found at the Transport for NSW website.

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The Motorcycle Council of NSW (MCC of NSW) was established in 1982 and is the state’s pre-eminent motorcycle advisory group representing over 80,000 motorcycle riders from 41 social clubs and motorcycling organisations.


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1. File description: MCCofNSW Lane Filtering Media Release [132.6KB]

File name: Media_Release_Lane_filtering_2014_MCCofNSW.pdf

2. File description: NSW Government Lane Filtering Media Release [195.6KB]

File name: Minister_Duncan_Gay_Media_Release.pdf