As part of the Government’s Electric Vehicle Programme (external link) , the Ministry of Transport is working on proposed legislative and road rule changes that would enable road controlling authorities to allow electric vehicles into special vehicle lanes. These changes are expected to take effect in July 2017.
In anticipation of these changes, the NZ Transport Agency will be consulting on a bylaw that would allow electric vehicles access to special vehicle lanes on state highways in Auckland.
The proposed bylaw will allow electric vehicles access to 11 priority bypass lanes (motorway onramps) in Auckland for a 12 month trial period. Consultation will commence 22 June 2017, with details published here, and close on 3 August 2017.
The NZ Transport Agency is sharing its experience and lessons learnt with other road controlling authorities, championing the concept and encouraging engagement.
In early 2017, the Transport Agency ran a two week trial allowing electric vehicle drivers access to five priority bypass lanes in Auckland from 6 to 20 March 2017. Participants were asked to complete a survey, with feedback posted below.
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