The NZ Transport Agency is consulting on a proposal to allow electric vehicles access to specified special vehicles lanes on state highways in Auckland. This work supports the Government’s package to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand to 64,000 by the end of 2021, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The proposed bylaw will allow electric vehicles, (a motor vehicle with motive power wholly or partly derived from an external source of electricity), access to 11 priority bypass lanes (motorway onramps) in Auckland for a 12 month trial period. Ten of these special vehicle lanes are currently reserved for use by high-occupancy (T2) motor vehicles and trucks and one is a bus-only onramp.
If the bylaw goes ahead it is proposed the trial will commence later this year.
This consultation is being undertaken in anticipation of changes being made (external link) to the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004, and related provisions in the Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices 2004, which are expected to come into force on 1 September 2017. These legislative changes must be enacted before this bylaw is made.
Please send feedback to AEVTbylaw@nzta.govt.nz
The consultation closes at 5pm on Thursday 3 August 2017.
Find out more about allowing electric vehicles access to special vehicle lanes.