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Kia tupato! Road Rules to change on 25 March (+photos)

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ROAD RULES ARE CHANGING 5AM SUNDAY 25TH MARCH 2012

The changes to the give-way rules come into effect at5am on Sunday 25 March 2012. Until then the current give-way rules apply.

These changes will affect all drivers, riders, pedestrians and cyclists in New Zealand.

Are all the give-way rules at intersections changing?

No. Traffic signs and signals are placed at intersections to show road users what they need to do and this will not change. Road users should continue to obey all road signs and signals.

Here is a snapshot of the current give way rules:

  1. If you are at an intersection controlled by a Stop sign, you must stop and give way to all other vehicles.
  2. If you are at an intersection controlled by a Give Way sign, you must give way to all other vehicles except those controlled by a Stop sign.
  3. If you are turning, give way to all vehicles not turning. Note: If the road is marked with a centre line, you are deemed to be turning if you leave the path of the centre line. If you follow the path of the centre line, you are deemed to be not turning.
  4. If you are turning left, give way to vehicles coming towards you that are turning right.. (NOTE:THIS IS ONE OF THE RULES THAT WILL CHANGE)
  5. If the rules above do not determine who gives way, give way to vehicles coming from your right.

What give-way rules will be changing at 5am on 25 March 2012?
There are two give-way rules that will be changing.

Change 1: The left-turn versus right-turn rule

From 5am on 25 March 2012, this new rule will require all traffic turning right to give way to a vehicle coming from the opposite direction and turning left. This only applies at cross roads, T-intersections and driveways where:

  • a) both vehicles are facing each other with no signs or signals (neither vehicle is controlled)
  • b) both vehicles are facing give way signs
  • c) both vehicles are facing stop signs
  • d) both vehicles are facing green traffic signals

An example of each situation where the new rule will apply is shown below. In each of the diagrams below the RED car has to give way to the GREEN car:

a) Both vehicles facing each other with no signs or signals (neither vehicle is controlled)

b) Both vehicles facing Give Way signs

c) Both vehicles facing Stop signs

d) Both vehicles facing green traffic signals

Change 2: At uncontrolled T-intersections (uncontrolled means when there are no signs or signals to tell you what to do)


At an uncontrolled T-intersection, all traffic from aterminating road(bottom of the T) will have to give way to all traffic on acontinuing road(top of the T). This will bring it into line with T-intersections where there are Stop or Give Way signs on the terminating road. In the diagram below the RED car has to give way to the GREEN car:

This rule change will also apply to uncontrolled driveways, such as at a supermarket or hospital. From 5am on 25 March 2012 the traffic exiting the driveway will need to give way to all traffic on the road.

All vehicles entering or exiting a driveway must continue to give way to pedestrians on a footpath, or cyclists and pedestrians on a cycle path or shared path. Drivers should not pull out to block the footpath in front of pedestrians and cyclists.

Will there be any changes to the give-way rules at roundabouts?
No. You should continue to give way to vehicles on the roundabout coming from your right.

Public awareness campaign

Its important that you stick to the current rules until 5am on Sunday 25 March 2012.
An intensive public information campaign is being developed. The campaign will be run in the month leading up to the date of the change on 25 March 2012, with national advertising starting 10 days before the change. This late February start date is necessary to avoid public confusion and minimise the risk of people starting to use the new rules too early.

Find the latest transport news, information, and advice on the NZTA’s website:

3 thoughts on “Kia tupato! Road Rules to change on 25 March (+photos)

  1. Vidualence is the key factor and keeping distance of the vehicle in front and drive three to four cars ahead of you meaning don’t always watch the one in front of you but watch ahead three to four cars.

  2. The new rule is straight forward, just have to be careful with our old
    people, like riding with them and teaching them at home, our young ones
    should be alright, and might have to be weary of overseas drivers. But everybody be very vidual of the new change.

  3. This is the first time I have a news summary from tangatewhenua dot com. The new give way rules coming in 25 March 2012 where the left turning vehicle has right of way who can make the turn safest without running the risk of the person trapping the other turning person in the main current of traffic is they do not fully understand the turning law. In other words the exit in a left turn could be blocked once the turning left person starts the turning operation by a person turning in on their exit. The slam on the breaks and the person traveling straight has a car stopped in the middle of the lane. Nek Minute “crash” into the turning car by. Ad going straight because another turning car blocked the exit of the car turning across a major road way thinking the way is clear if only the other car did not turn. Never turn across a road way unless the exit is clear by no cars being there. The new rules flush out all turning persons first that could block the exit way of a turning car across the main traffic flow way.

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