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Coming soon: new rules for cyclists

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Cyclists will soon be required to have a headlamp which can be seen at least 200 metres away under recent amendments to the Land Transport Rules.

The Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004 has been amended as part of the Land Transport Rule: Regulatory Stewardship (Omnibus) Amendment 2018.

The Omnibus consultation enables a diverse range of minor changes to several Land Transport Rules all at once, instead of consulting on each rule individually.

The final Amendment Rules have been made by the Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter and will come into effect on 1 June 2019.

The new Land Transport (Road User) Rule Amendment 2019 has updated the definition of a headlamp to align with other Rules, which clarifies a headlamp on a cycle must be able to be seen from at least 200 metres away.

Amendments under the Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices Amendment 2019 also means Road Controlling Authorities (RCAs) will be able to identify paths shared by cycles and pedestrians with only markings where appropriate – an improvement on the current requirement for signs.

Most submissions were supportive of these changes proposed by the NZ Transport Agency. For the 2018 Omnibus Rule, the Associate Transport Minister made about 80 changes across 15 Land Transport Rules.

The changes in the latest Omnibus are necessary for a variety of reasons - from clarifying requirements to support enforcement or amending requirements to reflect current technologies.

You can view the final Omnibus Amendment Rules 2018 here – including a summary of submissions and our feedback.

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