New truck regulations to ease M1 congestion

From today, truck drivers have to obey new lane restrictions on the M1, hopefully easing traffic for Gold Coast drivers.

The restrictions apply 24 hours a day both north and southbound and requires trucks over 4.5 tonnes to travel in the left two lanes between Springwood and Robina.

More than 150,000 vehicles travel on the M1 each day, including around 12,000 trucks.


The State Government said it will help reduce congestion, improve travel times and make the M1 safer.

“We have been working with peak bodies including the RACQ and Queensland Trucking Association and we are confident we can improve the safety and journey time reliability for motorists travelling on the M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast during the Games,” Queensland Minister for Transport, Mark Bailey said.

There will be a number of other temporary measures introduced in the lead up to the Commonwealth games next year.

If drivers don’t comply with these new rules, individuals risk $126 and 3 demerit points fine, or $630 businesses.

Trucks are permitted to overtake other vehicles, if it is safe to do so, but they must not travel outside the two left lanes to do so.

They are allowed to travel in the right lane to avoid an obstruction on the road, but only for as long as it takes to clear the obstruction.