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Light rail road rules

A new light rail system is now operating on the Gold Coast.

The following are common questions and answers about the road rules relating to driving around a light rail system.

Do the road rules apply to trams?

Yes, the road rules do apply to trams. There are specific rules for trams and some rules for how road users interact with trams.

Are tramways and tram lanes part of the 'road?

Most of the Gold Coast Light Rail system is known as a tramway. A tramway is part of the road and various specific road rules apply to it.

For example, you must not drive in a tramway unless you are crossing legally at an intersection. You may walk across a tramway but must not cause a hazard by moving into the path of a tram. Pedestrians should use the pedestrian crossings provided rather than crossing the tramway where it may not be safe to do so.

How do I tell the difference between a tram lane and a tramway?

A tram lane has a single yellow line to the left of it and a tram lane sign at the beginning of it:

Tram lane sign

A tramway has either a double yellow line to the left of it or has some kind of physical barrier (e.g. a kerb or bollards) to the left of it and a tram only sign at the beginning of it:

Tram only sign

Is it an offence to use a wheeled recreational device such as a skateboard on tram tracks?

You can cross the tram tracks using a wheeled recreational device, such as a skateboard, roller blades or roller skates, so long as you cross by the shortest route and do not cause a hazard by moving into the path of a tram.

However, it is recommend that you cross the road at pedestrian crossings rather than crossing the tramway where it may not be safe to do so.

Is it an offence to ride a bicycle on tram tracks?

It is an offence for the rider of a bicycle to ride along a tramway but it is not an offence for a cyclist to ride in a tram lane.

However, a cyclist is classed as a vehicle and may cross the tramway at intersections or where the rider does not cause a hazard by moving into the path of a tram. It is an offence for a cyclist, or any vehicle, to cause a hazard by moving into the path of a tram.

Is it an offence to park on tram tracks?

Tram tracks are situated on the road and it is an offence to park in the middle of the road. It is illegal for vehicles to travel in a tramway. Therefore, it is also illegal for vehicles to park on the tram tracks.

Is it an offence to walk on or cross tram tracks?

It is not an offence for a pedestrian to walk across the road where there are tram tracks so long as they are not crossing within 20m of a pedestrian crossing. It is recommended that pedestrians use pedestrian crossings where they are available. A pedestrian must cross the road by the shortest route—in other words at right angles to the kerb.

Does a tram automatically get 'right of way' when traffic lights are not working at an intersection?

If the traffic lights fail for any reason drivers must proceed with caution following the usual give way rules for intersections without lights or signs.

Am I allowed to get on or off a moving tram?

No. The rules are clear that it is an offence for a person to try and get on or off a moving tram.

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Last updated
24 August 2017