The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has uploaded a range of new resources on the official website for information on upcoming changes to New Zealand's give way rules - www.giveway.govt.nz, including an interactive quiz and a new computer 'drive through' animation illustrating how the two new rules will work.
The dedicated give way website section now has three different pages. The Overview page features a new video showing the rule changes from a birds-eye view as well as from the driver’s perspective, along with still images, updated Q&As and a background document. The dedicated Resources page hosts a range of leaflets available in 13 languages, posters, a presentation and resources for deaf people or pedestrians with a vision impairment. The Quiz page has an interactive quiz for the public to test themselves on their knowledge of the new rules and some of the current rules.
NZTA Chief Executive Geoff Dangerfield said the agency was making the information available to give people the opportunity to learn about the rule changes before they come into force at 5am on Sunday March 25.
Mr Dangerfield said a $1.2 million nationwide advertising campaign promoting awareness of the rule changes would kick off on March 15, ten days prior to the ‘go-live’ date, and would continue through until April 1. The campaign will include TV, radio, online and print advertising, and leaflets explaining the changes would be delivered to 1.73 million homes. The advertising will focus on highlighting the date of the change, and will provide a simple overview of the new rules.
Half a million leaflets detailing the rule changes are currently being distributed via councils, Police, the NZTA and driver licensing agents. Information is also being sent out to a wide range of stakeholder groups for them to share with staff, members or customers.
Changing the give way rules is one of the first actions being implemented as part of the Government’s Safer Journeys road safety strategy, aimed at significantly reducing death and injury on New Zealand’s roads by 2020.