Spending many hours on the road and under varied driving conditions comes with the job of being an Accredited Driver Trainer. Not only is the trainer teaching the technical skills of driving but also helping learners gain the confidence to drive safely. Unfortunately, the incidents of road rage and unsafe intimidatory behaviour against learner drivers and other road users seems to have become more prevalent.
One of the common forms of illegal behaviour is the use of horns and other similar warning devices towards learner drivers and other road users. As well as being illegal, the use of horns is distracting, damages a new drivers confidence, and can easily cause a road crash injuring people or worse.
The Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road Rules) Regulation 2009 (Reg 224) sets out that drivers must not use a horn or a similar warning device unless it’s necessary to warn other road users or animals of the approach or position of the vehicle, or as part of an anti-theft device or an alcohol interlock device which has been fitted to the vehicle.
Unsafe drivers positioning their vehicles immediately behind another and using the horn to make them hurry up or get out of the way, aren’t likely to get a sympathetic hearing from the police and could face a maximum fine of 20 penalty units on top of any demerit points that may apply. The monetary value of each penalty unit is determined by the Queensland Government and published on their fines and penalties website at:
The use of a car horn is designed to be a warning to other road users that something is wrong and not to satisfy the pent-up frustrations of an angry driver wanting other road users out of the way, so they can speed off into the distance and knock a few seconds off their trip. This blog is not just about common courtesy on the road, although that’s important. But, it’s also about real road safety and the dangers associated with inappropriately using vehicle horns.
More information is available on these laws by checking out: