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'Simple' road rule question stumps Australian drivers

A 'simple' traffic rule quiz asking if a car can reverse out of a driveway with a person and cyclist nearby has stumped Australian motorists. 

The question was shared to Facebook by Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) on Thursday, giving drivers a chance to prove they know the road rules.

'QuizTime - the driver wants to reverse out of their driveway as shown. Are they allowed to?' The question read.

The graphic shows a car reversing out of the driveway toward an unbroken white line, a person walking on the footpath and a cyclist on the road. 

The question was shared to Facebook by Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) on Thursday giving drivers a chance to prove they know the road rules

Some social media users appeared to be confused with the road rule saying the car cannot reverse onto an unbroken white line. 

'No, can only reverse onto the road lane nearest the driveway, it cannot cross lanes,' one person wrote. 

'To my knowledge you're not supposed to legally reverse out of a driveway at all,' another commented.

'No... cannot cross a solid line and should only reverse into nearest lane when safe to do so,' someone else wrote. 

Others however said the car is allowed to reverse from the driveway provided it gives way to pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists.  

'Yes but they first must give way to all traffic which includes the pedestrian and the bike rider. Some drivers seem to have trouble with this!' One reply read. 

'Yes the driver can legally reverse from that driveway after giving way to the pedestrian and the cyclist,' another commented. 

'You can cross a single continuous centre line to enter or leave a road, including entering or leaving a property, and to safely pass bicycle riders,' another comment read.

Some social media users appeared to be confused with the road rule saying the car cannot reverse onto an unbroken white line 

The RACQ replied to the quiz later on Thursday afternoon and said the car is allowed to reverse out of the driveway. 

'A driver can reverse out of their driveway, provided they do so safely and they only reverse as far as is reasonable under the circumstances,' they wrote. 

'They must give way to the pedestrian and the cyclist, and any other traffic before entering the road.

'Driving across the single continuous dividing line is permitted to enter or leave the road.'

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