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Regulation 224 of the Road Rules 2014 (NSW) states that a driver must not use, or allow to be used, a horn, or similar warning device, fitted to or in the driver’s vehicle unless:
Using a horn in any other situation currently attracts a fine of $337 or, if the driver elects to take the matter to court, a fine of up to $2,200.
Examples of situations where it is an offence to use a vehicle’s horn include:
Other Australian states and territories have similar rules.
In Western Australia, section 190 of the Road Traffic Code 1970 prescribes a ‘modified penalty’ of 1 penalty unit – which is currently $50 in that state – for similarly using a vehicle’s horn other than to warn other road users or animals of the approach or position of a vehicle, or as part of an alarm or alcohol interlock device.
In Tasmania, regulation 224 of the Road Rules 2009 prescribes a fine equivalent to 0.75 penalty units – or $122.25 – for the same offence, or up to 5 penalty units – or $815 – if the case is dealt with by a court.
In Queensland, regulation 224 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management—Road Rules) Regulation 2009 prescribes a fine of $66 for the offence, or up to 20 penalty units or $2,611 if the matter comes before a court.
In Victoria, regulation 224 of the Road Safety Road Rules 2017 sets a maximum penalty of 1 penalty unit, or $161.19 for the offence.
In the Australian Capital Territory, regulation 224 of the Road Transport (Road Rules) Regulation 2017 prescribes a fine of $193 for the offence, or up to 20 penalty units, or a whopping $3,200 if a driver elects to take the matter to court.
And in the Northern Territory, regulation 224 of the Traffic Regulations 2007 adopts the offence, while regulation 93 prescribes the ‘general penalties’ for offences under the regulations as a maximum of 6 months in prison and/or 20 penalty units, or $2,600.
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