Give Way Changes In March


The current give way intersection rule which is unique to NZ will be gone in March.

The Government confirmed the date today.

Currently if you are turning left you have to give way to right turning traffic coming towards you.

This will change so the right turning vehicle will have to give way.


Changes are also planned for those making right-hand turns at uncontrolled T-intersections. Currently, the right-turning vehicle on the continuing road has to give way to a right-turning vehicle on the terminating road. The change will reverse that to give priority to traffic on the continuing road.



  1. George D says:

    There’s never been a better time to use public transport!

  2. JCNZ says:

    I still have issues with how right turning traffic should give way to left turning traffic from next year. This has the potential for the right turning vehicle to hold up traffic behind them for a long time on a busy stretch of road while it waits for oncoming traffic to clear, whereas the current rule minimises this problem.

  3. richard says:

    Long overdue. Victoria changed the rule back soon after they introduced it and we should have done the same.

    At sea and in the air the rules are the same everywhere. I can’t see why on earth road rules can’t be the same just handed for right and left driving.

    Our signs are the same, we now have some traditional international, some modified international style and some unique NZ

  4. Max says:

    Indeed, good change. Yes, it will screw up some intersections (watch for the howls of “We knew it!” coming) but overall, it is a good thing. And then we will go and fix those trouble spots, and have a slightly saner traffic system afterwards. If you are turning right, then you have to wait. SO much simpler.

  5. Paul Q says:

    I do hope that at the same time they put this rule back the way it was, that the advertising campaign also re-emphasises the correct signalling required at round-a-bouts.
    It was so poorly handled when it was introduced. I get so annoyed with:
    1) people going straight ahead indicating right - you should only indicate right if you are proceeding more than 1/2 way round a round-a-bout.
    2) people indicating left on approaching a round-a-bout but going straight through - you are only supposed to indicated left immediately before your exit.


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