Be prepared for give-way changes
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.