By Claudia Poposki and Jackson Barron For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 07:00 GMT, 3 December 2019 | Updated: 07:20 GMT, 3 December 2019
Unsuspecting Sydney road users face being slapped with hefty penalties for driving in new light rail safety areas.
Penalties include fines of $344 and three demerit points for disrupting the new light rail system and putting pedestrians and other motorists in danger.
Motorists who drive on yellow marked tram safety zones near tram stops, overtake turning trams, or don't give way to pedestrians near stopped trams will cop $191 fines and lose two demerit points.
The new light rail system in Sydney is bringing challenges for motorists who are facing hefty fines for misconduct around trams
Speed limits have been lowered to as low as 20km/h in areas along the light rail route
Drivers who block trams, don't give way, drive into the path of oncoming trams, or drive through dividing strip breaks will face $344 fines and three demerit points.
Light rail areas also have new lowered speed limits, with motorists being urged to study roadways with an increased pedestrian presence around trams.
Speed limits have been lowered to 40km/h from Circular Quay through Bridge Street, before dropping to just 20km/h from Wynyard past the QVB to Town Hall.
From Town Hall through Chinatown and Haymarket the speed limit is 40km/h before dropping to 20km/h at Central Station.
Motorists can drive at 40km/h from Central through Surry Hills to Moore Park where they can legally reach 60km/h