Giveway rules to change next year

Give way or else, but to whom? The giveway rules are to change in New Zealand from next year. Photo / Thinkstock
Give way or else, but to whom? The giveway rules are to change in New Zealand from next year. Photo / Thinkstock

New Zealand's giveway rule will be brought into line with most of the western world when it is changed next year.

Transport Minister Stephen Joyce said the rule change would cut intersection crashes by 7 per cent.

At present, drivers turning left must give way to approaching vehicles turning right. From next year, the right-turning vehicle will have to give way.

A Ministry of Transport spokeswoman said the New Zealand Transport Agency would run a public awareness campaign to educate drivers about the changes.

Other changes include removing a 70kmh speed limit for learner motorcyclists.

- APNZ

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