Social media claims about new traffic laws are false

A SOCIAL media claim about new traffic laws and fines being sneakily imposed on Queensland drivers is incorrect.

Recently, Chronicle readers received warnings on Facebook or via email of recently introduced road rules which promised fines and loss of licence points for a wide range of offences.

Some of the supposed new fines included failing to have a hand on the wheel while stopped at lights or tooting the horn.

A police spokesman told the Chronicle the email and Facebook post contained "inaccuracies and inconsistencies".

"People should be careful about what they believe on social media," the spokesman said.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads advised the post mixed real traffic infringements with some made-up ones, but even the real ones were not recently introduced.

All the real rules came from the Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Road Rules) Regulation 2009, a TMR spokesman said.

One of the claims was that a driver could be fined if their satellite navigation system was not in the bottom right-hand corner in front of the driver.

"There is no specific reference in the road rules to where a navigational aid can be placed. The only requirement is that it not impede the driver's view of the road," he said.

Similarly, there is no road rule specifically requiring a driver to have a hand on the wheel while stopped at lights.

Nor are there any rules specifically outlawing loud music.

One of the unusual rules that did exist, however, was that a driver can be fined $66 for tooting the horn.


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