Rules get green light
‘‘It looks like the best option for me is to paint my car green, he always has the right of way,’’ one wag at Summerset at Aotea retirement village told policeman Simon Bygate last week.
More than 50 Summerset residents attended a meeting to hear about the new give-way rules, which became law on Sunday.
Mr Bygate, Whitby’s community constable, said they would bring New Zealand into alignment with the rest of the world’s road rules regarding turning traffic and were ‘‘simple in what they are trying to achieve’’.
He presented some of the literature available on the changing rules – many of which show a green car owning the right of way.
‘‘The person at the top of the ‘T’ goes before me,’’ was Mr Bygate’s catchphrase as the residents queried what spots in Porirua this would most commonly affect.
‘‘This is going to take a little time to settle down, people just need to be a touch more cautious out there,’’ he later told Kapi-mana News. ‘‘I still drive on the road as if everyone is an idiot.’’
The discussion also covered the aggressive nature of drivers in this country, changing lanes on roundabouts (a big no-no, Mr Bygate insisted), travelling at the correct speeds and how to use indicators properly.
Learning anew: Summerset at Aotea resident John Wagstaff gets the lowdown on the new give-way rule changes from Community Constable Simon Bygate.