Stop-sign fine at faded white line on Thomas Street, Murray Bridge has Robert Roach seeing red

Unclear: The faded white line at the intersection of Thomas and Standen Streets, Murray Bridge. Photo: Supplied.

Unclear: The faded white line at the intersection of Thomas and Standen Streets, Murray Bridge. Photo: Supplied.

Motorists may need to keep their eyes sharp and brush up on the road rules to avoid a fine, if Robert Roach’s experience is any indication.

He recently received a $479 expiation notice and three demerit points for failing to stop at the southern end of Thomas Street, Murray Bridge, where it turns into Standen Street.

There is no stop sign at the intersection.

Instead, it is marked with a white line that is supposed to be solid.

But, as a photo he took at the scene shows, the line is worn with age and even appears to have been painted over at some stage.

He will dispute the fine with SA Police's expiation notice branch.

His father, also named Robert, chased the issue up with the Murray Bridge council.

"They don't reckon they need a sign there, just a solid white line," the senior Mr Roach said.

"But I believe they've painted it black and the black has faded.

"Is a zebra black with white stripes or white with black stripes? You don't know.

"You can understand why people don't stop there."

In a response to the family, council chief executive officer Michael Sedgman said the fine was "legal and enforceable" because the stop line, however faded, was still in place.

But he noted that council officers who reviewed the intersection found that, as a T-junction, it should have been subject to a give way sign, not a stop sign.

"As a result, in accordance with Australian road rules, formal stop controls are not warranted or required," he said.

"The location should be controlled under the give way rule.

"Accordingly, the necessary steps to legally remove the stop control and to notify the police of the same will be undertaken."

That work was completed on Monday, council infrastructure and assets general manager Heather Barclay confirmed.

No give way sign would be erected or line painted in its place, she said – as a T-junction, the road rules made it clear that drivers would need to give way anyway.