Lane filtering is a motorcyclist moving between stationary or slow-moving vehicles that are travelling in the same direction as the rider.
Only motorcyclists who hold a full motorcycle licence are allowed to lane filter. It is illegal for learner and provisional motorcyclists to lane filter, including interstate learner and provisional motorcyclists.
Motorcyclists must not lane filter:
- at speeds greater than 30 km/h
- in a school zone during school zone hours
- between the edge of the road and other vehicles
- next to parked cars
- when a No filtering sign applies to the length of road
- if the rider does not have a full motorcycle licence, or
- if it is not safe.
When lane filtering, take care, and in particular:
- look out for vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and bicycle riders
- leave enough space between your motorcycle and other vehicles to avoid a crash, and
- avoid lane filtering near heavy vehicles or buses.