‘Drive on left’ signs rein in tourists

‘Drive on left’ signs rein in tourists

driver safetyLocal councils and tourism operators are installing ‘Drive on Left’ signs at campervan and rental car carparks, intersections and popular tourist spots.

Record numbers of tourists are travelling to New Zealand — 3.3 million in the year to June — and many are opting to self-drive, says associate transport of minister Craig Foss.

“The ‘Drive on Left’ signs will help visitors safely negotiate busy driveways and intersections.”

Tourism Holdings, which has the Maui, Britz and Mighty campervan brands, has installed signs at branches in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown and at its Waitomo Glowworm Caves facility. Southland District Council is also installing signs at key locations throughout the region.

“The Transport Agency is working with other organisations, including motels and tourism operators, to install even more signs around the country,” Foss adds.

“The latest overseas driver crash statistics released by the Ministry of Transport show overseas drivers were at fault in less than 5% of fatal and injury crashes on our roads from 2011 to 2015.

“The number of overseas drivers involved in crashes has stayed relatively consistent at a time when international visitor numbers have increased by about 30%.”

Since 2014, Visiting Drivers Signature Project partners from central and local government and the private sector have delivered a range of initiatives focused on road safety at every stage of a visitor’s holiday from planning, booking, in-flight, on arrival, and on road.

The latest overseas driver crash statistics are available on the Ministry of Transport website.

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