Transport for NSW publishes guide to misunderstood road rules

It's no secret that instigating a strong driver education program - alongside regular fleet maintenance - is one of the best things that an organisation can do to reduce the chance that one of its employees will get into an accident while driving a company vehicle.

For that reason, fleet managers operating in New South Wales and throughout wider Australia may be interested in a recent document published by Transport for NSW which examines ten of the most widely misunderstood road rules in the state.

The guide - which can be viewed in full here - begins by offering an in depth explanation of the various rules regarding entering and exiting a roundabout.

Other commonly misunderstood road rules highlighted by Transport for NSW include the fact that drivers who are turning left or right at an intersection must give way to pedestrians who are crossing the road - whether at a traffic light or not.

Transport for NSW also emphasises the fact that motorists must avoid using their high beam headlights when within 200 metres of a vehicle that is either travelling in front of them or driving towards them in the opposite lane.

The guide also touches upon often misunderstood rules regarding mobile phones, keeping left, merging, making U-turns and travelling through school zones.

Finally, Transport for NSW notes that drivers who choose to intentionally drive through yellow traffic lights are in fact breaking the law and could be penalised for doing so. 

"A yellow (amber) traffic light or arrow means stop. A driver approaching traffic lights showing a yellow traffic light must stop if the driver can stop safely before reaching the stop line or traffic lights," reads the guide.

"Penalties apply for drivers who fail to stop at a yellow light, unless it is unsafe to do so."

If you are a Sydney fleet manager concerned about the wellbeing of your drivers, and looking to reduce the amount of infringement notices that are issued to your organisation, it may be worthwhile passing this guide onto employees.