I’ve written about this before, but just so it’s absolutely clear, I’m going to include a picture with the text:
When turning left or right at any intersection (except a roundabout) you must give way to any pedestrians crossing the road you are turning into.
– source: VicRoads: Driving in Victoria — Rules and Responsibilities, pages 35 and 39.
I’m pretty narked off that a 4WD owner I encountered yesterday not only didn’t know this, but when challenged said it was not true.
I was in a hurry, and in no mood to give way to vehicles I was not obliged to, if I could possibly help it. I signalled him to stop, which he did. I then crossed in front of him, and since his window was down, told him he had to give way. When he claimed otherwise, I didn’t swear, but I did get a bit shouty, and told him to check his road rules. He drove off.
I hope he does check the laws and gets educated. It annoys me that some people are out there, driving around, ignorant of basic rules.
The picture actually comes from a later section which talks about T-intersections, but appears to have been drawn to illustrate the point for other intersections as well.
With a bullbar fitted. Because you really need them driving along Centre Road.
Update Sunday morning: Similar situation with a VW Golf driver yesterday afternoon.
Note that different rules apply to vehicles coming out of streets you’re crossing (peds should give way) and on roundabouts (peds should give way). On entrances/exits to private property, such as car parks and shopping centres, drivers should always give way.
Most importantly, always use your common sense — no matter what the law, if the other person is not going to stop, don’t put yourself or them in danger.