As part of the Government’s Electric Vehicle Programme (external link) , the new measures in the Energy Innovation (Electric Vehicles and Other Matters) Amendment Bill (external link) and changes to the Land Transport Rules will enable road controlling authorities to allow electric vehicles into special vehicle lanes.
The NZ Transport Agency has consulted 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. If the bylaw goes ahead it is proposed the trial will commence later this year.
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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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