Be pre­pared for give-way changes

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Peo­ple are be­ing urged to make them­selves fa­mil­iar with ma­jor give-way changes and use pa­tience when at in­ter­sec­tions.

The call comes from Taupo Area Road Polic­ing Group Sergeant Daniel Peat in re­gards to changes to the giveway rules, which come into ef­fect at 5am on March 25.

‘‘With the new giveway laws com­ing into ef­fect on March 25 po­lice ask that mo­torists make them­selves fa­mil­iar with the changes and use pa­tience when at in­ter­sec­tions dur­ing the ini­tial few months, en­abling time for all mo­torists to be­come pro­fi­cient with the new rules.’’

There are two giveway rules that will be chang­ing, which in­cludes the left-turn ver­sus right-turn rule.

This new rule will re­quire all traf­fic turn­ing right to give way to a ve­hi­cle com­ing from the op­po­site di­rec­tion and turn­ing left.

This only ap­plies at cross roads, T- in­ter­sec­tions and drive­ways where both ve­hi­cles are fac­ing each other with no signs or sig­nals (nei­ther ve­hi­cle is con­trolled), both ve­hi­cles are fac­ing give- way signs, both ve­hi­cles are fac­ing stop signs and both ve­hi­cles are fac­ing green traf­fic sig­nals.

The sec­ond rule change in­volves un­con­trolled T-in­ter­sec­tions ( un­con­trolled means when there are no signs or sig­nals to tell you what to do).

At an un­con­trolled T- in­ter­sec­tion, all traf­fic from a ter­mi­nat­ing road (bot­tom of the T) will have to give-way to all traf­fic on a con­tin­u­ing road (top of the T).

This will bring it into line with T- in­ter­sec­tions where there are stop or give- way signs on the ter­mi­nat­ing road.

The rule change will also ap­ply to un­con­trolled drive­ways, such as at a su­per­mar­ket or hospi­tal. From 5am on March 25 the traf­fic ex­it­ing the drive­way will need to give way to all traf­fic on the road.

All ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing or ex­it­ing a drive­way must con­tinue to give way to pedes­tri­ans on a foot­path, or cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans on a cy­cle path or shared path.

Driv­ers should not pull out to block the foot­path in front of pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists.

There will be no changes to the give-way rules at round­abouts.

‘‘If mo­torists fail to use pa­tience and ex­pect all mo­torists to have a clear un­der­stand­ing from day one, there will be crashes as a re­sult,’’ Mr Peat said.

He said if all mo­torists fol­lowed the rules there would be very few crashes.

‘‘But po­lice deal with nu­mer­ous crashes ev­ery day and sim­ply ask the gen­eral public to take the time to learn, un­der­stand and fol­low the rules and reg­u­la­tions to en­able their safe travel,’’ Mr Peat said.

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