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Road and traffic standards series

A series of guidelines covering specific traffic management issues.

Road and traffic standards series – index

Road and traffic standards series 

For hard copies of a guideline, forward your request with a payment at $10.00 each to: Publications, NZ Transport Agency, Private Bag 6995, Wellington 6141.

No. Title Issued
RTS 1 Guidelines for the implementation of traffic controls at crossroads [PDF, 96 KB]
Nov 1990
RTS 2 Guidelines for street name signs [PDF, 268 KB]
Nov 1990
RTS 3 Guidelines for establishing rural selling places [PDF, 1.9 MB]
RTS 4 Guidelines for flush medians [PDF, 425 KB]
Nov 1991
RTS 5 Guidelines for rural road markings and delineation [PDF, 924 KB]
Oct 1992
RTS 6 Guidelines for visibility at driveways [PDF, 640 KB]
May 1993
RTS 7* Traffic control devices manual – Part 3 Advertising signs
[PDF, 1006 KB]
Note: RTS 7 has been superseded by Part 3 of the TCD Manual
Jan 2011
RTS 8 Guidelines for safe kerbline protection [PDF, 164 KB]
Nov 1993
RTS 9 Guidelines for the signing and layout of slip lanes [PDF, 143 KB]
Nov 1993
  Traffic control devices manual, part 9, level crossings
This replaces RTS 10 – Road signs and markings for level crossings.
Dec 2008
RTS 11 Urban roadside barriers and alternative treatments [PDF, 429 KB]
Oct 1995
RTS 13 Guidelines for service stations [PDF, 343 KB]
Mar 1996
RTS 14

Guidelines for facilities for blind and vision-impaired pedestrians - PDF version [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Guidelines for facilities for blind and vision-impaired pedestrians - Word version [DOCX, 9.5 MB]

Note: Practical implementation of RTS14 including an installation note and training webinar are available in the Pedestrian Network Guidance (PNG):

PNG: Designing for blind and low vision people

May 2015
RTS 15 Guidelines for urban-rural speed thresholds [PDF, 1.1 MB]
Feb 2002
RTS 16 Guide to heavy vehicle management [PDF, 597 KB]
Jun 2006
  Speed Limits New Zealand
This replaces RTS 17 – Guidelines for setting speed limits and procedures for calculating speed limits.
Feb 2003
RTS 18 New Zealand on-road tracking curves for heavy vehicles provides guidance to road controlling authorities and engineers in the geometric design of roads and intersections, and replaces a similar document New Zealand on road tracking curves which was published by the Land Transport Safety Authority in October 1995.
Aug 2007