EV drivers could get VIP treatment
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.
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