Lane Splitting is used to describe moving through traffic that is in motion, generally greater than 30 km/hr.
Lane Filtering is used to describe moving through traffic that is stopped, or moving slowly, generally 30 km/hr.
The two questions that are raised are usually is it safe and is it legal. Let’s take a look.
Which States is Lane Splitting/Filtering Legal?
Each State in Australia and the US will have different laws regarding Lane Splitting and Lane Filtering and likely in other countries also. Let us begin looking at one example from Australia.
Lane Splitting Legalities Example – Office of Road Safety Western Australia
“Lane Splitting/Filtering is an unsafe practice which usually contravenes the road rules.
While the Australian Road Rules and WA Road Traffic Code 2000 do not explicitly ban Lane Splitting/Filtering, they do prohibit the practice by virtue of the fact that a number of other rules may be and are regularly contravened during the manoeuvres, such as not signalling before a lane change, riding with the wheels on the lane line, crossing continuous lane lines, unsafe overtaking, stopping with vehicle in one lane and supporting leg in another and so on.”
Lane Splitting/Filtering laws are not uniform across Australia and throughout the world. As the laws constantly change or are updated, it is best you contact the Department of Transport in your State/County/Country to establish the current legalities in your region.
Is Lane Splitting Safe?
There will always be two sides to an argument/debate, however I think that the Following Video Explains Very Well, Why Motorcyclists Split Lanes.
Filmed in the USA, about Lane Splitting/Filtering.
My Comment: This video has highlighted an important point, US States that allow Lane Filtering have statistically lower rates of vehicles “rear ending” motorcycles. Remember, statistics are not just numbers, they are real lives saved!
Lane Splitting or Lane Filtering is illegal in some places and legal in others. While in our example above (Western Australia), at the time of writing it was not illegal, however depending on the law enforcement officer they may fine you for breaking other laws if they wish.
- Two Lanes at Once: Put your foot down in another lane than the lane your bike is in.
- Cross Continuous Line: Cross over the continuous white line at the intersection.
- Protrude Stop Line: Place your front tyre beyond the stop line.
- Not Indicating: Travel over the lane dividing line (change lanes) without indicating.
- Overtake on the Left (Australia as example): Travel between traffic while it is moving, (Lane Splitting), because you are overtaking on the left of the vehicle on your right, while it is not turning right or performing a u-turn.
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