Pedestrians share the roads with drivers and cyclists, and must obey the road rules. As vulnerable road users, extra care is needed for pedestrian safety - from both pedestrians and other road users.

The information available on our website provides a simple interpretation of the law and is not intended to constitute legal advice. Full details of traffic offences and penalties are contained in the Road Traffic Code 2000.

Information for Drivers

Pedestrian crossings are marked by white or yellow stripes on the road and are usually signed.

Drivers should give way to pedestrians:

  • when turning;
  • when making a U-turn;
  • at all intersections and stop signs;
  • slip lane with a 'stop' sign or ‘stop’ line.
Offence Penalty Demerits
Failing to give way to a pedestrian at a designated crossing $300 3-4
Failing to give way to a pedestrian at an intersection $300 3
Failing to give way to a pedestrian when entering a road $200 3
Failing to give way to a pedestrian when exiting a road $300 3


Information for Pedestrians

Pedestrians must obey any traffic and pedestrian signals that apply to them.

Pedestrians using crossings at traffic lights must obey the signals. If a traffic control signal shows a steady or flashing red pedestrian light, and you have not already started to cross, then you must not do so until the pedestrian light changes to green.

Offence Penalty Demerits
Crossing on a red light at an intersection (jay-walking) $50 NA