Ready for a new rule

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Most peo­ple turn­ing off the side street give way to all traf­fic turn­ing off the main road, although the cur­rent law says the main road cars have to give way to turn­ing ve­hi­cles to their right, Mr Kairua says.

Porirua shouldn’t see a rise in crashes on Sun­day when the rule changes, he says. ‘‘I’m cau­tiously op­ti­mistic.’’ The coun­cil will be mon­i­tor­ing Porirua’s in­ter­sec­tions to see whether give way signs and road mark­ings are needed where driv­ers show con­fu­sion about give way rules. Two in­ter­sec­tions have been flagged as po­ten­tially con­fus­ing, and KapiMana News has cre­ated graph­ics to il­lus­trate the cor­rect give way rules.

Traf­fic turn­ing left from Kenepuru Dr onto Raiha St en­ters a sliproad, and has right of way over traf­fic turn­ing right off Kenepuru Dr.

The coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing paint­ing give way signs on the road to re­mind right- turn­ing traf­fic to give way, Mr Kairua says.

In Ti­tahi Bay the John StWhanake St in­ter­sec­tion is an ex­am­ple of an ex­cep­tion to the new give way rule. Cars at the stop sign on John St turn­ing right into Whanake St must give way to cars turn­ing left from the give way sign on the op­po­site side of the in­ter­sec­tion. This is be­cause cars at a stop sign must give way re­gard­less of the road rules, even to cars at a give way sign.

Take the new rule quiz at nzta.govt.nz, and the free in­ter­ac­tive video at giveway.co.nz.

Con­fus­ing lay­out: The coun­cil has flagged the Kenepuru Dr-raiha St in­ter­sec­tion as po­ten­tially con­fus­ing. Right-turn­ing cars need to give way to left-turn­ing cars in the sliproad from March 25.

Ex­cep­tion to the rule: At this Ti­tahi Bay in­ter­sec­tion of John St and Whanake St, left-turn­ing cars at the stop sign must give way to right-turn­ing cars at the give way sign. The stop sign over­rides the new give way rule in this case.

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