On single-lane roads, drivers must stay as close as practical to the left side of the road.
When the speed limit is 90km/h or more on multi-lane roads, you must not drive in the right-hand lane unless you are:
- turning right
- making a U-turn
- avoiding an obstacle
- driving in congested traffic.
It is an offence to drive in the right lane if none of the above criteria are occurring.
This rule also applies to a road with a speed limit of 80km/h or less, if there is a KEEP LEFT UNLESS OVERTAKING sign.
Drivers are allowed to overtake on the left on all multi-lane roads.
Video of keeping left
Is it okay to drive in the right hand lane if there isn't a KEEP LEFT UNLESS OVERTAKING sign?
Well, no, that's not the rule.
If the speed limit on a multi-lane road is 90 kilometres per hour or more, there's no need for a KEEP LESS UNLESS OVERTAKING sign.
You must keep the right hand lane free, unless:
- you are overtaking,
- avoiding an obstruction,
- or if the traffic in the left hand lanes is congested.
It's all about keeping the traffic moving.
So remember the rule, if the speed limit is 90 kilometres per hour or more, you must keep left so the right lane is always free.
Sections 129 and 130 of the Queensland Road Rules apply.