EV driv­ers could get VIP treat­ment

North Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - FELIC­ITY REID

Shorter com­mute times are be­ing used as an in­cen­tive to en­cour­age more peo­ple to con­sider driv­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

The Gov­ern­ment wants 64,000 elec­tric ve­hi­cles be­ing driven in New Zealand by the end of 2021, with the aim of help­ing to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions. The Min­istry of Trans­port is work­ing on amend­ing leg­is­la­tion to al­low elec­tric ve­hi­cles to use some high oc­cu­pancy (T2) lanes and bus lanes, re­gard­less of how many oc­cu­pants are in the ve­hi­cle.

NZ Trans­port Agency (NZTA) is cur­rently con­sult­ing on a by­law that will al­low elec­tric ve­hi­cles ac­cess to 10 T2 lanes and one bus lane for a 12-month trial. In­cluded are the T2 and truck lane, south­bound on-ramp, Con­stel­la­tion Drive; the T2 and truck lane, south­bound on-ramp, Gre­ville Rd; and the bus lane, north­bound on-ramp, Up­per Har­bour High­way. The Up­per Har­bour High­way bus lane is the only bus lane NZTA con­sid­ered suit­able for elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

In an­tic­i­pa­tion of the leg­isla­tive changes, NZTA ran a trial al­low­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles ac­cess to five Auck­land on-ramps in March and found 78 per cent of elec­tric ve­hi­cle driv­ers who took part in the trial said ac­cess to T2 lanes im­proved their jour­ney time.

Con­sul­ta­tion closes on Au­gust 3. Email feed­back to AEVTby­law@nzta.govt.nz.

Elec­tric ve­hi­cles could get pri­or­ity ac­cess to the mo­tor­way un­der pro­posed by­law.

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