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Electric vehicles – special vehicle lanes

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 on 1 July 2017.

In anticipation of these changes, the NZ Transport Agency is undertaking preparation work to allow electric vehicles access to special vehicle lanes on the state highway network. The NZ Transport Agency will share its experience and lessons learnt with other road controlling authorities, championing the concept and encouraging engagement. 

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Prior to legislative changes, the NZ 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 now posted below.

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