The Peugeot 5008 SUV is an excellent family vehicle to drive around town and out on the freeway. However, many drivers are not sure about the true meaning behind the speed limits on our roads. All of the Peugeot 5008 2018 models can travel far in excess of any speed limit in Australia, but today we’re going to be talking about the legality of travelling under the speed limit.
How Slow Can You Go?
Is it illegal to drive your Peugeot 5008 under the speed limit? Well, the answer is yes, and no, it isn’t illegal to drive slightly under the speed limit, but if you drive too slow you may be committing an offence. Driving at very low speeds will not endear you to your fellow drivers, but sometimes it’s necessary to slow down if you’re looking for a parking space or trying to navigate through an unfamiliar area. However, this would be a slight reduction in speed and context matters. Driving at an excessively slow speed out on major roads or the freeway could land you in some legal hot water.
What Laws are Being Broken?
Oddly enough, there are no laws stating how slow you can drive in Australia. Drivers that drive an at excessively slow speed are actually in breach of Australian Road Rule 125. This rule states that a driver cannot unreasonably obstruct the path of any other vehicle. This is a nationwide rule, but it can be implemented in slightly different ways depending on the State or Territory where you’re driving. The Royal Automobile Association (RAA) have provided an example of driving too slowly that would be covered by the Australian Road Rule 125, and the New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services webpage has seconded this opinion. This example states that a driver that’s driving at 20 km/h in an 80 km/h zone would be considered to be driving at an abnormally slow speed.
How is This Law Applied Here?
As we stated above, the Australian Road Rules are applied with some variability depending on where you live. Here in Perth, the Western Australia Police Force have stated that there is a minimum speed limit in force on our freeways. If you drive on a freeway in WA, you must travel no slower than 20 km/h under the designated speed limit for that zone. If a driver is travelling slower than that, they are risking being pulled over by the Police, and they may be in violation of Road Rule 125.
How Can You Avoid Committing This Offence?
The Road Rules may be slightly different in various Australian States and Territories, but the concept is similar. The best way to avoid being in violation of Australian Road Rule 125 is to drive at a reasonable speed. This is particularly true when you’re driving on the freeway. If you stick to a speed just under the designated speed limit, you will be fine, but if you’re driving too slow and vehicles are queuing up behind you, it’s likely that you will be stopped by the Police.