Crossing Double Lines - Legal or Not?
Last edited 02/11/2015 - 16:53
I drive to work each day, and the driveway to my office is located on the opposite side of the road. The road I drive on has two lanes and can get quite busy. The opposite side of the road also has two lanes and is quite busy.
I indicate my intention to turn right very early, then stop as I wait for traffic on the other side to cease before I pull into the drive way. In doing so I cross a double solid white line.
Unfortunately, when I'm stopped, a few cars will usually start to pile up behind me. Most of the time I have no issues and people wait until I turn in or switch to the left lane to pass, but last week the driver behind me was very agitated, honking his horn continuously before getting out of his vehicle to shout abuse at me. I explained that I was turning into the driveway, but he was having none if it, telling me to read the road rules and that what I was doing was illegal. He said there are no circumstances under which you can cross a double solid line.
I have always thought it legal to cross double solid lines to turn into a driveway, and that overtaking and U-Turns are prohibited. After the above altercation I am shaken and second guessing whether I am correct. I have tried to do some research on legislation but can't seem to find a definitive answer.
Anyone have any thoughts on this?
P.S I live in NSW.
EDIT: Thanks for the replies so far. It seems like most people agree that it is illegal.
However, I just dug up this thread from Whirlpool and it seems like everyone there thinks what I'm doing is legal? Thoughts on this would be great!