Rules get green light

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

‘‘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.

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