||Cecil Woods of Timaru creates the first New Zealand-built motor vehicle.
||The first imported motor cars arrive in New Zealand. Member of Parliament, William MacLean, imports two Benz vehicles from France, dubbed ‘Lightening and ‘Petrolette’.
||New Zealand’s first electric tram arrives.
|| Two men complete the first car journey from Wellington to Auckland - taking
||A farmers’ conference calls for vehicles of speeding motorist to be ‘locked
out’ of 3rd and 4th gears to force them to slow down.
||The Christchurch City Council imported their first Walker Electric Truck.
||With one car to every 7.1 persons, Wellington East is the most motorised
place; with 12 persons per car, Wellington West and Auckland South are the
||First national traffic census is undertaken.
||A Traffic Code is distributed to every home, Motor Association, all Safety
Councils and other ‘interested parties’.
||Drivers 70 years-old and over must be re-tested to ensure they are still fit
||The first section of motorway opens in December. It runs for 3 miles between
Takapu Road and Johnsonville and is part of the main approach to Wellington
||The first compulsory STOP signs appear.
||A new law requires motorists to slow down to 10mph (now 20km/h) when
passing a school bus that is picking up or setting down children.
||Motorcyclists travelling at over 30mph (50km/h) now have to wear a “Crash
(later Safety) Helmet.” Moped riders are excluded.
||The first ‘Give Way’ signs are erected at crash-prone intersections.
||Auckland Harbour Bridge opens May 30.
||The open road speed limit increases from 50 mph (80 km/h) to 55 mph (88
||The open road speed increases to 60 mph (96 km/h) for ‘suitable sections’ of
||The emergency mobile phone service -555 is introduced.
||Christchurch city reintroduces trams.
||New Zealand’s annual road toll is 515, the lowest number of fatalities in 32
years. Excessive speed was a cited cause in the fatalities of 170 New
||Hidden speed cameras are trialled in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, East Coast
||Some 60 years after the first Road Code was broadly distributed, the Minister
of Transport, Jenny Shipley, launches the first CD-Rom Road Code on 25 July. The CD included animated explanations of rules plus an interactive test.