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M1 truck lane restrictions

On 1 August 2017, truck lane restrictions began on the Pacific Motorway (M1) between Springwood (Exit 20) and Robina (Exit 82 Southbound and Exit 79 Northbound) in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast is Queensland's busiest road and a key freight route. More than 152,000 vehicles travel on the M1 each day, including around 12,000 heavy vehicles. Given these traffic volumes, it is sensitive to traffic congestion, particularly when traffic accidents occur.

On 17 August 2018 it was announced that the M1 truck lane restrictions will remain on a permanent basis on the Pacific Motorway (M1).

With the completion of M1 upgrade works between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes in June 2020, the truck lane restriction has been extended to Varsity Lakes interchange (Exits 85) in both directions.


Trucks with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) over 4.5t will be restricted to travelling in the left 2 lanes in both directions between Springwood and Varsity Lakes, Exit 85.

Affected trucks

  • A truck is defined as a vehicle that weighs more than 4.5t, but does not include a bus.
  • The 4.5t relates only to the GVM and excludes any trailer attached to the vehicle.

Trucks are:

  • Permitted to use the 2 left lanes only 24 hours a day from 1 August 2017.
  • Able to overtake other vehicles, if it is safe to do so, but they must not travel outside the 2 left lanes to do so.
  • Allowed to travel in the right lane to avoid an obstruction on the road only for the time it takes to clear the obstruction (for example, debris) and if it is safe to do so.
  • Not permitted to travel outside of the 2 left lanes even if traffic is slow or stopped.

Signage showing the lane restriction zones is installed along the Pacific Motorway (M1).

Restriction to the left lane

We are committed to keeping traffic moving on the M1. In developing this initiative, we looked at interstate and international experience with truck lane restrictions. The results show that when trucks are restricted from the right lanes on motorways, traffic flows more smoothly, there are fewer crashes and there is minimal impact on freight efficiency.

Lane restriction offence penalties

No trucks road sign

Fines apply if a truck driver drives past a no trucks sign.

The fine for an individual is $137 and 3 demerit points, or $689 for businesses.

Queensland Police will enforce the truck lane restrictions.

Last updated
25 June 2021