DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE
Are you aware of the rules that apply to vehicles 7.5 metres long or longer?
“If your vehicle (meaning the towing vehicle together with the trailer and projecting load) needs to straddle lanes or turn from an adjacent lane in order to turn left or right at intersections, and it is 7.5 metres long or longer, you must have the sign “DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE”. Not having “DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE” sign on these vehicles is illegal.”
Standards Bulletin VSB 12 – Rear Markings and Plates
Vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) exceeding 12 tonnes and trailers exceeding a Gross Trailer Mass (GTM) of 10 tonnes must be fitted with retroreflective rear marking plates.
BUT!!! did you know?
Rear marking plates may also be fitted to any motor vehicle with less than 12 tonnes (GVM) or to any trailer with less than 10 tonnes (GTM).
A special turning concession applies to vehicles or vehicle combinations over 7.5 metres long which display a prescribed sign at the rear with the words “DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE”. This sign may be either a separate sign or can be combined with the marking plate on the left hand side.
This sign has the words DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE, ensures that your van is compliant with the regulations and helps to raise awareness for drivers behind you.
Not having “DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE” sign on these vehicles and crossing lanes is illegal. And in the case of an insurance claim will leave you liable.
For more information see https://infrastructure.gov.au/roads/vehicle_regulation/bulletin/files/VSB_12.pdf