Aussies are left baffled by road rules quiz asking whether motorists are allowed to drive over painted islands - so do you know the answer?

Motorists asked for correct interpretation of driving over painted islands Royal Automobile Club of Queensland asked Facebook users for road rules Drivers were split over whether the blue car was allowed to drive over zone 

A seemingly simple road rules quiz has divided the internet and sparked a heated debate between motorists. 

The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland posted an image to their Facebook page asking their audience to test their knowledge on the laws surrounding painted islands.

‘Is the blue car allowed to drive on/over the painted island?’ the group asked. 

The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland posted an image to their Facebook page asking their audience to test their knowledge on the laws surrounding painted islands

The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland posted an image to their Facebook page asking their audience to test their knowledge on the laws surrounding painted islands

Drivers were split over the interpretation of the rule, with many saying the specific example was legal.

‘In this instance yes: one single short continuous line, and the turning lane the blue car wishes to use begins immediately following the island,’ one person replied.

‘Its purpose is to direct through traffic out of that lane to create a single-purpose lane.’ 

Painted islands are common on Australian roads, but many drivers were left stumped by the laws surrounding them

Painted islands are common on Australian roads, but many drivers were left stumped by the laws surrounding them

‘I didn’t think you could. I was told to treat them like concrete islands,’ another person disagreed.

‘Cannot cross a solid line, I promise if you did that during a driving test it’s an instant failure,’ a man added. 

The RACQ confirmed the blue car was following road laws by driving through the painted island but only if making a turn.

‘You may drive on a painted island with a single continuous line around it for up to 50m to immediately enter a turn lane and/or enter or leave the road,’ the club said. 

Many noted the blue car must give way to the red car on its inside should they choose to merge into the lane given they are driving over the painted island.

‘Yes they are as long as they give way to say the red car if they wish to enter the turn lane from where the broken line starts,’ a Facebook user said. 

Official road rules say a driver cannot drive over a painted island unless they are turning within 50m and are part of four criteria. 

Those include to enter or leave the road, to enter a turning lane that begins after the painted island, to enter the road from another part of the road (eg. emergency stopping lane) or to park in angle parking on the other side of the road. 

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