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Horses now classed as vehicles in Australia

February 9, 2012

Changes to road traffic rules in Australia have meant that horses are now classed as vehicles.

South Australia Police, in noting that many of the old rules relating to the interaction between cars and horse riders have been removed from legislation, said that in both the Road Traffic Act and the Australian Road Rules, a reference to a driver generally includes a rider.

"So, before you saddle up or hitch up the wagon, keep in mind that the Road Traffic Act and Australian Road Rules also generally apply to anyone riding or in control of animals or animal-drawn vehicles, in just the same way as they apply to vehicle drivers."

Key road rules relating to horses on the road included the fact that a rider is allowed to ride in the opposite direction to a one-way sign providing that they are on a footpath, nature strip or shared path.

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