Driving with trams
By transporting thousands of people every day, Melbourne's tram
service helps reduce congestion on our roads. So it is important to
know how to share the roads with trams when driving in Melbourne.
By observing the road rules when driving you will help to keep our
roads safe and reduce delays to trams and their passengers.
You must stop level with the rear of a tram at a tram stop until
the doors close and passengers have cleared the road. Fine
Once the tram's doors are closed and it is safe to proceed, you
must not exceed 10km/h while passing a stationary tram at a tram
stop. Fine $292
You must give way to all trams at roundabouts. Fine
You must not move into the path of a tram. Fine
You must not drive over raised dividing strips or double yellow
lines. Fine $117
You must not make a U-turn across a solid line in the centre of
the road. Fine $233
You must not park within 20 metres of a tram stop unless there
is a sign which permits parking. Fine $117
You must not double park. Fine $70
You must not drive in a tramway. Tramways have overhead signs
and raised dividing strips or two yellow lines beside the tram
tracks. Fine $117
You may only drive in a tram lane for up to 50 metres to turn
right or to avoid an obstacle, and without delaying a tram.
Tram lanes have overhead signs and a solid yellow line beside
the tram tracks.
Some tram lanes are full time (24 hours), while others are part
time. A part time tram lane has signs showing when it is a tram
lane. Fine $117
To turn right at some intersections on tram routes you must do a
'hook turn' as indicated by signs. To do a hook turn you approach
and enter the intersection from the left lane and indicate that you
are turning right. Move forward to the far left of the
intersection, keeping clear of the pedestrian crossings. Wait until
the traffic lights on the road into which you are turning change to
green, then turn right when it is safe to do so. Fine
The "Driving with trams" brochure is available from VicRoads
customer service centres or by phoning the Think Tram team on 1300
A short video version of the guide is also available:
For more information on tram priority and safety visit VicRoads.
It is illegal for a car to pass a tram which has stopped and
opened its doors. Yarra Trams staff can and do report vehicles for
passing stationary trams and these reports are forwarded to
Victoria Police for their action.
If you witness a car passing a stationary tram and wish to make
a report you can call 1800 800 007 (6am - midnight
daily) or visit our feedback page. If the matter is
urgent please call 000 (24 hours).
When making a report please provide as many of the following
details as possible:
- Stop number
- Tram number and direction of travel
- Car make, type, colour, registration number
- Identifying features of the car and driver.
Please include any descriptions of the incident which may be
helpful in compiling a report such as whether the car stopped after
passing the tram or not.
Please note that if you make a report as a witness you may later
be required to provide a signed statement about the incident.