Little known coronavirus road rule that could cost drivers a big fine

Australian drivers could be hit with $350 fines and several demerit points for breaking a little-known road rule about face masks.

NSW, Queensland and Victoria made face masks mandatory in some indoor settings with the threat of a $200 fine after recent outbreaks.

Motorists smartly leave masks in their car to make sure they don’t forget them when popping to the shops. 

Drivers across Australia could be fined hundreds of dollars for breaking a little known road rule relating to face masks (stock)

But they could be fined for dangling masks over front or rear mirrors if police determine they block the driver’s view of the road.

NSW drivers caught breaking the rule can face a $349 fine and the loss of three demerits.

In Queensland, motorists found driving with an obstructed view can be slapped with a $311 penalty, and those in Victoria can be fined $248.

RAC Queensland spokesperson Lauren Ritchie urged drivers to avoid draping objects over their mirror.

‘Drivers need to have a clear view of the road from all angles so they can easily spot other cars, pedestrians and cyclists,’ she said.

‘Masks can create a blind spot, increasing the risk of a crash, especially if you’re travelling on highways or busy roads. 

‘You shouldn’t have anything hanging on their mirror which could block your view – that includes your mask. So pack it away where it won’t be a distraction – no matter how long your drive is.’

Drivers can be fined for obstructing their view of the road for hanging masks on rear view mirrors

Residents in Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast, and the Blue Mountains, are required to wear masks in shopping centres, and cinemas, on public transport, and similar locations. 

Those visiting an entertainment venue, hair and beauty salons, gaming areas or places of worship will also have to follow the rules, while hospitality staff also have to wear a mask while serving customers.  

Brisbanites must wear a mask in indoor spaces, including shopping centres, supermarkets, hospitals and aged care facilities, gyms, certain workplaces, places of worship, public transport and airports.  

In Victoria, residents must have a mask on them when leaving home and wear them in supermarkets, shopping centres, hospitals, indoor markets, airports, hospitals, when working in aged care facilities, and on public transport. 

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