Motorists can get a shock when the new $ 2.7 billion light rail Sydney is opened in December.
The opening of the project can cause confusion for drivers who have never had to live with these types of carriages.
And those unfamiliar with the traffic rules can be punished with fines of up to $ 344 if they are caught breaking the rules.
A commuter walks past the first Light Rail vehicle in Circular Quay on 30 July
If you follow the path of an approaching tram and do not go out of the way, a motorist will see a fine of $ 344.
Drivers will also be stung with a $ 344 fine and three points for not giving way to a tram.
Fines you may face when the Sydney light rail opens:
· Vehicles are not allowed to drive or park along the tram tracks – $ 268 fine and 1 point
· Don't wait for intersections – $ 268 fine
· Drivers are not allowed to pick up passengers from the pedestrian zones – $ 268 fine and 1 penalty point
· Do not stop at a stop line at a red light / go through red traffic light, ie red light is running – $ 457 fine and 3 points
source: Transport NSW
Driving or cycling in a special tram will also earn $ 268 and one point.
Smaller fines are also possible for passing or overtaking light rail.
An NSW transport spokesperson advised drivers to become aware of the rules.
& # 39; With CBD and Southeast light rail services starting within two months, it is a timely reminder for road users to keep their heads upright and to be alert about the light rail alignment. The driver training has been extended to the CBD and there are now up to 12 trams that are tested day and night, seven days a week.
& # 39; Please note that trams are quiet, take longer to stop than average vehicles and are limited to the tram lanes. Pedestrians must look in both directions before getting out. Drivers should also remember not to stand in line at intersections and, when entering and around tram tracks, pay extra attention to their blind spots. & # 39;
Fears have arisen about the possible confusion that the light rail can cause, with some commuters who even say, "It's just a matter of time until someone is killed."
New footage shared online shows that drivers are almost stifling an intersection of the tram line in Sydney
& # 39; This is going to be a big disaster. People will die because they are not paying attention and are in their own world.
& # 39; Government officials kick themselves over avoidable accidents. & # 39;
Drivers are reminded not to stand in line over the railway lines that pass through intersections and follow the correct signposting.
Safety tips for drivers
With the first leg of the Sydney light rail scheduled to open in December, drivers are reminded of a few traffic rules to follow to ensure their safety:
1) Do not drive on the tram tracks
2) Do not stand in line at intersections
3) Follow traffic lights and do not turn for a tram
4) Do not stop or park on a tram track
Source: Sydney Light Rail
They must also never travel along the tracks in the middle of the road and adhere to the designated lanes on the outside of the tram line.
New footage shared online shows that drivers are almost stifling an intersection of the tram line in Sydney.
The truck was forced to reverse into the side street to prevent him from being caught on the tram line.
Cyclists have been warned that new & # 39; no access & # 39; signs should pay attention to frequently driven routes.
New restrictions have been introduced on Hay Street and ignoring the warnings can cost cyclists a $ 114 fine.
It is also forbidden for cyclists to get on the tram and those caught are fined $ 268.
Pedestrians should bear in mind that they will not be fined for jay walking if they cross the street at a tram line – as long as they are more than 20 meters away from a set of lights.
They must also look up and remain vigilant when they cross.
One person suggested painting clear lines to indicate where motorists can no longer drive.
& # 39; Maybe paint yellow lines on the edge of the lane as we have in Melbourne, so that cars & # 39; s know the distance between trams and lane, & # 39; said the man.
Especially a crossroads is already confusing motorists.
Dozens of people have visited Facebook to say that they were unable to make turns at a number of busy junctions on High Street, in Randwick, east of Sydney.
& # 39; How do vehicles traveling east on High St UNSW near the corner of Wansea Rd in? & # 39; a driver has responded.
Another said: & # 39; Is there a good reason why you can no longer turn right from High Street to Avoca Street?
& # 39; You are currently standing in line behind vehicles turning left to Belmore Road (waiting for pedestrians) but the right turn was always safe and fast. I don't understand why this is a right turn now. & # 39;
The NSW government has recently released images of a number of near-accidents between trams and pedestrians during a test ride of the tram line.
In one case, a cyclist ignores the warning signs of a public transport employee to stop and crosses the tracks as a tram approaches a few meters away.
More footage shows a car that drives over the tracks and forces an oncoming tram to stop to prevent a collision.
The first stage of the Sydney Light Rail is expected to open in December this year, but will only carry passengers between Randwick and Circular Quay.
The branch to Kingsford along the Anzac Parade is by no means complete – early reports from agencies have hinted that the work could continue until March 2020.
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