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ROAD RULES 2014 - REG 155A


155A Tramways

(1) A driver (except the driver of a tram, tram recovery vehicle, public bus or special purpose vehicle) must not drive in a tramway, unless the driver is permitted to drive in the tramway under subrule (2).
: Maximum penalty--20 penalty units.
Note 1 :
"Public bus" ,
"tram" and
"tram recovery vehicle" are defined in the Dictionary.
Note 2 : The exceptions and defence provided in rule 158 do not apply to tramways.
Note 3 : This subrule is not uniform with the corresponding subrule in rule 155A of the Australian Road Rules to the extent that it permits a driver of a special purpose vehicle to drive in a tramway. Different rules may apply in other Australian jurisdictions.
(2) A driver may drive in a tramway if--
(a) it is necessary for the driver to drive in the tramway to avoid an obstruction, and
(b) when driving in the tramway, the driver does not move into the path of an approaching tram or public bus travelling in the tramway.
Note :
"Obstruction" is defined in the Dictionary.
(3) A
"tramway" is a part of a road with tram tracks that--
(a) is between a tramway sign and an end tramway sign, and
(b) is marked along the left side of the tracks (when facing the direction of travel of a tram on the tracks) by either--
(i) 2 continuous yellow lines parallel to the tracks, or
(ii) a structure (for example, a dividing strip, pedestrian refuge, traffic island, row of bollards or separation kerb), whether or not the structure is also being used to indicate a safety zone,
but does include any part of the road where vehicles are permitted to cross the tramway.
(4) For the purposes of subparagraph (3)(b)(i), a line is to be considered to be continuous despite any break in it that is designed to permit vehicles to cross the tramway.
Note :
"Dividing strip" ,
"traffic island" and
"tram tracks" are defined in the Dictionary and
"safety zone" is defined in rule 162.
(4-1) In this rule--

"existing service contract" means an existing service contract within the meaning of Part 2 of Schedule 3 to the Passenger Transport Act 2014 .

"public bus" means a bus used to provide--
(a) a regular passenger service, within the meaning of the Passenger Transport Act 1990 , operated under an existing service contract, or
(b) a public passenger service, within the meaning of the Passenger Transport Act 2014 , that is either--
(i) operated under a passenger service contract entered into under Division 1 of Part 3 of that Act, or
(ii) exempt from the requirement to be operated under a passenger service contract by the operation of section 39(3) or (4) of that Act, or
(c) a service for the transport of passengers that replaces a public passenger service, or a part of a public passenger service, provided by a tram that has been disrupted in whole or part.

"special purpose vehicle" means a motor vehicle (whether a tow truck, a vehicle used for repairing traffic control light signals or another vehicle) being operated by or at the direction of Transport for NSW and proceeding to the scene of an accident or other emergency.
Note 2 : This is an additional NSW subrule. There are no corresponding definitions for
"existing service contract" or
"special purpose vehicle" for the purposes of rule 155A of the Australian Road Rules . The definitions are required for the purposes of subrule (1).

Examples :


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