Road marking rules in Victoria

If you are on a road with a broken white line down the middle, you must:
  • stay to the left of the lines
  • drive as close to the left side of the road as you can.
You can:
  • cross these lines to enter or leave the road
  • overtake or do a U-turn if it is safe, the road ahead is clear, and you follow all other road rules. 

Single continuous dividing lines

If you are on a road with a single continuous line down the middle, you must:
  • stay to the left of the lines
  • drive as close to the left side of the road as you can.
You can cross these lines to enter or leave the road. You can’t:
  • overtake or do a U-turn
  • park opposite the dividing line unless there is at least three metres between your vehicle and the line or there is a sign saying that parking is allowed.

Double continuous dividing lines

If you are on a road with 2 continuous lines (double lines) down the middle, you must:
  • stay to the left of the lines at all times
  • drive as close to the left side of the road as you can.
You are not allowed cross over these lines for any reason, unless you have to avoid an obstruction and it is safe to do so. You can’t overtake, turn, or enter or leave the road across double lines.  Continuous double dividing lines that are wider apart may look different, but the road rule remains the same.

A broken line to the left of a continuous line

If you are on a road with a broken white to the left of a continuous line, you must:
  • stay to the left of the lines
  • drive as close to the left side of the road as you can.
You can:
  • cross these lines to enter or leave the road
  • overtake or do a U-turn if it is safe, the road ahead is clear, and you follow all other road rules.
A broken line to the left of a continuous line that is wider apart may look different, but the road rule remains the same.

A broken line to the right of a continuous line

If you are on a road with a broken line to the right of a continuous line, you must:
  • stay to the left of the lines
  • drive as close to the left side of the road as you can.
You can cross these lines to enter or leave the road. You can’t:
  • overtake or do a U-turn
  • park opposite the dividing line unless there is at least three metres between your vehicle and the dividing line or there is a parking sign saying that parking is allowed.
A broken line to the right of a continuous line that is wider apart may look different, but the road rule remains the same.

Wider gap between dividing lines

Remember, for dividing lines with a wider gap the road rules remain the same. More information in VicRoads Road Safety Webpage.

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