NZ to drop brainless ‘left turn give way’ rule

NZ to drop brainless ‘left turn give way’ rule

Most of us can relate to this scenario – you’re turning left in your car but you must give way to a little old lady in her Honda Jazz turning right, then you sit behind her going 40kph and get all angry and frustrated. Been there? Well that’s going to become a thing of the past with the brainless left turn give way rule to be banished into oblivion.

But before you go cutting nanas off all round town, relax because unfortunately the law isn’t set to change till 2012. Yesterday, Transport Minister Steven Joyce told the masses that the confusing give way rules for turning vehicles are set to be changed.

The way things currently stand the left-turning traffic has to give way to right-turning traffic coming towards it. Under the changes announced today, this would be flipped around so the left turning vehicle would have right of way.

There are also changes planned to the rules at T-intersections, which no one really understands or obeys anyway. With the changes at T-intersections, where two cars are turning right, the car turning off the main road would have right of way – like most of us already do anyway.

Transport main man Mr Joyce had this to say “Our current give way rules for turning vehicles are confusing and out of step with the rest of the world. Research shows changing the rules could reduce relevant intersection crashes by 7 per cent.”

So finally New Zealand’s give way rule which was introduced back in 1977 is going to be ditched. It’s about time considering New Zealand is the only country in the world with this odd priority rule.

In early 2012 the changes should come into effect. Expect a extensive and dull public service advertising campaign telling us all exactly what to do and not to do before then.

Most of us can relate to this scenario – you’re turning left in your car but you must give way to a little old lady in her Honda Jazz turning right, then you sit behind her going 40kph and get all angry and frustrated. Been there? Well that’s going to become a thing of the past with the brainless left turn give way rule to be banished into oblivion.

But before you go cutting nanas off all round town, relax because unfortunately the law isn’t set to change till 2012. Yesterday, Transport Minister Steven Joyce told the masses that the confusing give way rules for turning vehicles are set to be changed.

The way things currently stand the left-turning traffic has to give way to right-turning traffic coming towards it. Under the changes announced today, this would be flipped around so the left turning vehicle would have right of way.

There are also changes planned to the rules at T-intersections, which no one really understands or obeys anyway. With the changes at T-intersections, where two cars are turning right, the car turning off the main road would have right of way – like most of us already do anyway.

Transport main man Mr Joyce had this to say “Our current give way rules for turning vehicles are confusing and out of step with the rest of the world. Research shows changing the rules could reduce relevant intersection crashes by 7 per cent.”

So finally New Zealand’s give way rule which was introduced back in 1977 is going to be ditched. It’s about time considering New Zealand is the only country in the world with this odd priority rule.

In early 2012 the changes should come into effect. Expect a extensive and dull public service advertising campaign telling us all exactly what to do and not to do before then.

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