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The little-known Aussie road rule with a $114 fine: ‘What’s the issue?’


Australian drivers are being warned of a little known road rule that could result in a hefty fine.

In Victoria, NSW and Queensland, it is illegal to leave your car unlocked or with windows open if you move more than 3m away from it.

A window is deemed “secure”, however, if it is open by less than 2cm.

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Victorians can be hit with a $117 on-the-spot fine, while in NSW you will get stuck with a $114 penalty.

But in Queensland the penalty carries a fine of up to $2669 – although on-the-spot fines can be much smaller.

“You must secure/lock your vehicle before leaving it parked on a road,” the Queensland Government website reads.

“Your vehicle is considered unattended when you are more than 3m away from it.”

Meanwhile, in Western Australia, the same rule applies if you leave your car unlocked, although the fine is just $50.

The little-known rule sparked a heated debate online after it was shared in a TikTok.

“I never lock my car at the servo!” one user commented.

“What the issue? It’s my car,” another said.

Australian drivers are being warned of a little known road rule that could result in a hefty fine. File image. Credit: Monty Rakusen/Getty Images/Image Source

“I know of police who booked people for their car being unlocked in their driveway on their own property,” another recalled.

It comes after Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads warned of another little-known road rule that could result in a fine and a loss of three demerit points.

The department warned last week that eating or drinking while driving can cause “serious” distraction to drivers – another rule that could result in fines in other Australian states if it is breached.

“You can be fined $575 and 3 demerit points (in Queensland) if you don’t have proper control of your vehicle—or if you’re driving without care or attention” it warned in a Facebook post.

“So make sure you’re not one-handing the wheel or taking your eyes off the road to eat.”

While it is not technically illegal to eat or drink while driving, motorists can be fined if doing so leads to the distraction of a driver.

Police therefore do have the right to pull you over and may also slap you with a hefty fine if they believe eating or drinking behind the wheel is negatively affecting your driving ability.

In NSW the fine comes to $448 and a loss of three demerit points, but this punishment skyrockets to $561 and four demerit points if the offence is committed in a school zone.

Meanwhile, in Victoria drivers face a $387 fine and a loss of three demerit points for the offence.

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Source: 7News