For many motorists, there are few things more frustrating than being caught behind someone who, for reasons known only to them, has decided to travel just 10km/h over the speed limit.
The bad news is that in most parts of Australia, there is no specific law that prohibits driving ‘too slowly’ – nor are there any minimum speed limits at which you are allowed to travel.
However, driving Significantly Going below the speed limit can be considered an offense under Australian Road Rule 125.
The rule says:A driver must not unreasonably obstruct the path of another driver or pedestrian. with the following conditions: “For this rule, a driver does not unreasonably obstruct the path of another driver or pedestrian solely because:
- The driver is stopped in traffic. or
- The driver is driving more slowly than other vehicles (unless the driver is driving unusually slowly under the circumstances).
It then gives the following example:
“A driver drives at a speed of 20 km/h on a stretch of road, to which a speed limit of 80 km/h applies, when there is no reason for the driver to drive at that speed on a stretch of road “
It really is. Significantly Far more rare than the common sight of a car traveling 10- or 15km/h below the speed limit, and certainly 10- or 15km/h below the posted limit. So, in most cases, it is not a very useful law.
While it is clear that driving too slowly and obstructing the traffic behind you is an offence…
The word “unreasonable” allows discretion for those who may have a reason to go slower – such as bad weather, passing an accident scene, animals on the road, or mechanical problems where it is unsafe to stop.
The law can also be used against drivers who hog the right lane on a freeway, even if they are traveling just a few kilometers per hour under the speed limit. When was the last time you saw this law enforced?
Of course, this allows anyone to drive as slowly as they want if they’re not holding up traffic.
“If you’re going 50km/h down the Monash Freeway at 1am and there’s no car on the road, it’s no drama,” Victoria Police Highway Patrol Inspector Simon Humphrey said. NEWS LIMITED. “But if you’re doing that speed at 7 a.m., in the right-hand lane, during peak hours — it can be a problem.
“It’s about common sense. It’s about disruption rather than speed.”
So, in short, use common sense and think about other drivers.