2017 Amendment to Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices 2004.
The Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices Amendment 2017 (the Traffic Control Devices Amendment 2017) amends Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices 2004 (the principal rule).
The principal rule specifies requirements for the design, construction, installation, operation and maintenance of traffic control devices, and sets out the functions and responsibilities of road controlling authorities.
The Traffic Control Devices Amendment 2017 makes the changes to the principal rule that are required to implement the Energy Innovation (Electric Vehicles and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2017, which came into effect on 1 July 2017.
This Act amended the Land Transport Act 1998 to enable road controlling authorities, such as councils and the Transport Agency, to make bylaws allowing electric vehicles to use suitable special vehicle lanes.
From 1 September 2017, it will be up to individual road controlling authorities to decide if they will make bylaws that allow electric vehicles access to any special vehicle lanes within their network.
The Traffic Control Devices Amendment 2017 comes into effect on 1 September 2017.
During the select committee stage of the Energy Innovation (Electric Vehicles and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, submissions were received on the proposal to enable road controlling authorities to allow electric vehicles access to special vehicle lanes.
Additionally, the Ministry of Transport sent details of the proposed changes to the principal rule to about 1,600 groups and individuals (including people who had registered an interest in the principal rule and stakeholders involved with electric vehicles).
Rules can be read, free of charge, at the National Office and regional offices of the Transport Agency. The rule is available on the NZ Transport Agency website at http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/rules/traffic-control-devices-index/(external link)
A copy of the Traffic Control Devices Amendment 2017 is also available for purchase from selected bookshops that sell legislation or from Wickliffe Solutions, telephone 0800 226 440.
This is an amendment rule so therefore only contains the amending provisions. The amendment rule should be read in conjunction with the principal rule. The principal rule is also available on the Transport Agency’s website.
A consolidated version of the principal rule, incorporating the amendment, is available on this website from 1 September 2017:
As the road controlling authority with control over state highways, the Transport Agency has, to date, undertaken assessment of special vehicle lanes on the state highway network in Auckland to determine suitability for electric vehicles. More information is available on the Transport Agency website: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/roads-and-rail/electric-vehicles-special-vehicle-lanes/(external link)