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Australia Light rail NO GO zones: Motorists face huge fines for driving on new 'safety areas' - as the full list of infringements and new speed limits are revealed

11:05  03 december  2019
11:05  03 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The hidden fines you face when Sydney's light rail starts this month. If drivers are caught driving on a tram safety zone , they face a 1 fine and losing two demerit points, likewise if There are also fines for pedestrians caught crossing unsafely near trams, such as taking too long or entering

Unsuspecting Sydney road users face being slapped with hefty penalties for driving in new light rail safety areas.

Penalties include fines of $344 and three demerit points for disrupting the new light rail system and putting pedestrians and other motorists in danger.

Motorists who drive on yellow marked tram safety zones near tram stops, overtake turning trams, or don't give way to pedestrians near stopped trams will cop $191 fines and lose two demerit points.

a passenger bus that is parked on the side of a building: The new light rail system in Sydney is bringing challenges for motorists who are facing hefty fines for misconduct around trams© Provided by Daily Mail The new light rail system in Sydney is bringing challenges for motorists who are facing hefty fines for misconduct around trams a close up of a map: Speed limits have been lowered to as low as 20km/h in areas along the light rail route© Provided by Daily Mail Speed limits have been lowered to as low as 20km/h in areas along the light rail route

Drivers who block trams, don't give way, drive into the path of oncoming trams, or drive through dividing strip breaks will face $344 fines and three demerit points.

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Light rail areas also have new lowered speed limits, with motorists being urged to study roadways with an increased pedestrian presence around trams.

Speed limits have been lowered to 40km/h from Circular Quay through Bridge Street, before dropping to just 20km/h from Wynyard past the QVB to Town Hall.

From Town Hall through Chinatown and Haymarket the speed limit is 40km/h before dropping to 20km/h at Central Station.

Motorists can drive at 40km/h from Central through Surry Hills to Moore Park where they can legally reach 60km/h heading south to Royal Randwick.

a close up of a map: Drivers are being urged to study roadways around the light rail as there have been many changes including speed limits and yellow marked tram safety zones© Provided by Daily Mail Drivers are being urged to study roadways around the light rail as there have been many changes including speed limits and yellow marked tram safety zones

Pedestrians are also suspect to fines, with more than 160 people already copping $76 fines for crossing light rail tracks unsafely, by walking in or along tram tracks without being more than 20 metres from the nearest set of traffic lights.

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More than 160 people have been fined for crossing Sydney's light rail tracks unsafely - before the embattled system has even opened. Commuters could face greater fines when the light rail opens. Motorists could also be slapped with hefty fines - such as driving on a tram safety zone

Motorists could soon face fines for going just 1mph over the speed limit . Currently there is a 10 per cent tolerance for motorists going over the designated speed limit , that is a discretionary buffer “If booked at 35 or 34 or 33 [in a 30mph zone ] that cannot be unfair because they are breaking the law.”

Safety tips for drivers

With the first leg of the Sydney light rail slated to open in December, drivers are reminded of a few road rules to follow to ensure their safety:

1) Do not drive along the tram tracks

2) Don't queue across the intersections

3) Follow traffic signals and don't turn in front of a tram

4) Don't stop or park on a tram lane

Source: Sydney Light Rail

Coordinator General of Transport for NSW Marg Prendergast said pedestrians must always be alert around trams.

'Our main concern around pedestrian safety is the issue of distraction, particularly from mobile phones,' Transport for NSW co-ordinator general Marg Prendergas said.

'People need to have their heads up, unplugged from headphones so they can hear their surroundings, and looking left and right before crossing. Trams can be quiet and aren't able to swerve to avoid obstacles, so pedestrians need to be alert and aware.'

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The warning comes after a cyclist died when attempting to cross tracks after watching an NRL match.

a car driving on a city street: Motorists who block trams, don't give way or drive into the path of oncoming trams will cop $344 fines and three demerit points© Provided by Daily Mail Motorists who block trams, don't give way or drive into the path of oncoming trams will cop $344 fines and three demerit points

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He was taken to John Hunter Hospital where he later died.

a person standing on a sidewalk: Pedestrians in Sydney are copping $76 fines for walking in or along tram tracks in an attempt to cross them without being more than 20 metres from the nearest traffic lights (stock)© Provided by Daily Mail Pedestrians in Sydney are copping $76 fines for walking in or along tram tracks in an attempt to cross them without being more than 20 metres from the nearest traffic lights (stock) Ms Prendergast said Transport NSW have put out material to encourage safety in connection to the light rail.

NSW road rules dictate a pedestrian must not cross a road to get on a tram until it has completely stopped.

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