Give way rules to change

Give way rules at intersections are about to change, Transport Minister Steven Joyce announced today.

The changes for turning vehicles, to be in place by early 2012, were needed because the current system was confusing and out of step internationally, he said.

"Research shows changing the rules could reduce relevant intersection crashes by 7 per cent."

Currently a vehicle turning left must give way to right turning traffic coming towards it. That is to be changed so that left turning vehicles have right of way.

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Give way rule change is good news for cycleways

Changes to the give way rules were welcomed by cyclists today.

Cycling Advocates Network spokesperson Patrick Morgan said cyclists have for many years advocated for a change of the rules, so that right turners give way to opposing left turners.