Turning Into A Two-lane Road – K53 Blog

Which lanes to use when turning?

Regarding your query, I believe the driver’s interpretation of the procedure that should be followed is correct in terms of the intentions of the applicable rule of the road (Regulation 302).

The problem is that the official rules of the road do not spell out the exact procedure when turning into a road with more that one lane on each side of the dividing line.

The procedure for turning into a multi-lane road seems to be implied in the rules rather than being made absolutely clear.

Below is the exact wording of Reg. 302, with my comments inserted in red text.

302. Procedure when turning

(1) The driver of a vehicle on a public road who desires to turn to the left shall, having due regard to the provisions of regulation 301 [which relates to roundabouts], before reaching the point at which he or she intends to turn, indicate, in the manner prescribed in these regulations, his or her intention to turn and shall steer his vehicle as near to the left side(1) of the roadway on which he or she is travelling as circumstances may permit and shall make such turn with due care and merge into such traffic stream as may at the time be proceeding along, towards or into the public road into which he desires to turn.(1) [These two statements imply that the driver should turn into the left lane if it is a two-lane road s/he’s turning into.]

(2) The driver of a vehicle on a public road who desires to turn to the right shall, having due regard to the provisions of regulation 301 [which relates to roundabouts], before reaching the point at which he or she intends to turn, indicate in the manner prescribed in these regulations, his or her intention to turn and shall not effect such turning unless he or she can do so without obstructing or endangering other traffic and

(a) if he or she is driving a vehicle on the roadway of a public road which roadway is intended for traffic in both directions [i.e. a two-way road]

(i) he or she shall steer such vehicle as near as circumstances may permit to the immediate left of the middle of the roadway on which he or she is travelling [i.e. as far as possible to the right of his side of the road, implying that he will be turning from RH lane into RH lane]; and

(ii) where the turn is at an intersection, he or she shall not encroach on the right half of the roadway into or out of which he or she intends to turn, [this means to the RH side of the road he is travelling on, facing oncoming traffic, and it also means the RH side of the road he is turning into, which would likewise be on the side of that road that is carrying oncoming traffic] except in the intersection itself [i.e. while moving across those areas during the turn], but shall in any event pass to the left of any traffic island in such intersection or comply with the direction conveyed by any appropriate road traffic sign; or

(b) if he or she is driving a vehicle on a roadway of a public road where such roadway is intended for traffic in only one direction [a one-way road]

(i) he or she shall steer such vehicle as near as circumstances permit to the right side of such roadway; and

(ii) where the turn is at an intersection he or she shall not encroach on the right half of the roadway into which he or she intends to turn, except in the intersection itself but shall in any event pass to the left of any traffic island in such intersection or comply with the direction conveyed by an appropriate road traffic sign: Provided that where such turn is to be made into a roadway intended for traffic in only one direction [i.e. a one-way road], he or she may encroach on the right half of that roadway [because there would be no oncoming traffic approaching from the opposite direction to which he will be moving during or after turning].


Road surface markings – Guide Lines

Road Marking RM2 - Guide Line Marking

Road Marking RM2
Guide Line Marking

Of note, intersections with more than one lane often have road markings that indicate where drivers should steer when turning at the intersection.

The official diagram – showing markings GM2, guide lines – would suggest that the interpretations given above are correct.

Vehicles coming ‘down’ from 12 o’clock in the diagram and turning to their right – towards our 9 o’clock – should stay in their right-hand lane throughout the turn and also in the road they are turning into. Likewise, vehicles in the middle lane from that road should turn into the left lane in the road they’re turning into.

If there are currently no guide lines painted at the actual intersection referred to in the e-mail, then it would be a good step for the municipality to add those marking so that the correct procedure is clearer to drivers.
 
 



 

 

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