Driv­ers al­ready on the right track

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Give way rules are chang­ing this Sun­day, but many mo­torists in Porirua fol­low the new rules al­ready, road au­thor­i­ties say.

From March 25, cars turn­ing right must give way to cars turn­ing left into the same road, and cars on ter­mi­nat­ing roads at a T-in­ter­sec­tion must give way to cars turn­ing off the con­tin­u­ing road that forms the top of the T.

The rule changes will bring New Zealand’s road code in line with other coun­tries’ rules and will make roads safer, says the NZ Trans­port Agency.

Many peo­ple in Porirua in­stinc­tively fol­low the new give way sys­tem, be­liev­ing the new rules are ex­ist­ing law, Porirua City Coun­cil road safety co- or­di­na­tor Mark Kairua says.

‘‘ Peo­ple are al­ready do­ing it with­out know­ing they’re do­ing it,’’ he says.

A clas­sic ex­am­ple is where a small side road meets a large road at a T-in­ter­sec­tion.

New rules: From March 25 give way rules change. Cars turn­ing right must give way to cars turn­ing left, and turn­ing cars on the top of a T-in­ter­sec­tion have right of way over cars on side roads.

No wor­ries: No crashes are ex­pected af­ter the switch to new give way rules, be­cause many peo­ple are fol­low­ing the new rules al­ready, says Porirua City Coun­cil road safety co-or­di­na­tor Mark Kairua.

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