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Can you use a cycle lane when turning?

When there’s a cycle lane at a set of lights, you must not wait in it for the light to turn green, and you must not drive in it as you approach the lights (unless you’re riding a bicycle). Motorbikes

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Turning right at traffic lights

Let’s clear up some misconceptions about what you can do when you want to turn right at traffic lights where there’s no green turning arrow. If everyone follows these rules, more traffic can flow through the intersection. As soon as

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Give way rules at pedestrian crossings

There are a few different scenarios for pedestrian crossings: Painted crossings with no central reservation (i.e. the crossing is continuous) Painted crossings with a central reservation island (i.e. the crossing is continuous, but there’s a small raised traffic island in

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Road Code enhanced: Complete guide to motorbike lane position

Choosing the correct lane position means you picking the best compromise between leaving a safety buffer and picking the part of the road with the most grip. There will be a difference in your lane position between wet and dry

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Driving and riding in strong winds

Whether you drive a car, truck or bus, or ride a motorbike, heavy winds can cause a lot of extra danger. This article explains the hazards you could experience during and immediately after heavy winds, and their effects on other

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Seat belt law in New Zealand

Wearing safety belts The driver is responsible for ensuring all passengers under 15 years of age wear seat belts. Passengers 15 years of age and over are responsible for putting seat belts on themselves. If you are riding a motorbike,

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The Give Way Rules in New Zealand

Let’s look at a number of examples of giving way which can help you determine what to do at many kinds of intersections in New Zealand (and around the world). If you’ve been confused about the rules before, these simple

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Traffic lights in New Zealand

Our traffic lights conform to international standards in terms of their colour, but we have slightly different phasing than some countries. Red lights A red light always means stop. You must wait until the green light shows before you can

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Speed limits in New Zealand

This is a convenient list of speed limits in New Zealand for all types of vehicles. For cars and motorbikes the open road speed limit is 100km/h if the conditions are good. Other vehicles have restricted limits, though. The default

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Heavy vehicle work time requirements and logbooks

Work time restrictions are placed on heavy vehicle drivers because driver fatigue is a leading cause of fatal crashes. Commercial drivers are particularly at risk, especially when they drive during shift-work. To keep drivers accountable details are stored in a

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Heavy vehicle weights and loads

The tare weight is the weight of the vehicle itself, not including any load. Gross weight is the combined weight of a vehicle and its load, accessories and equipment. Before an overweight vehicle or load can be used on the road, the

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Heavy vehicle dimensions and measurements

Heavy rigid vehicle dimensions

Class 2 The forward distance is the measurement is from the rear axis to the front of the vehicle or its load. The maximum distance a vehicle or its load may extend forward from the front edge of the driver’s seat

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Marking the edge of the road with markers and cat’s eyes

To help drivers see where a road is going ahead, both in the day and at night, roads are often installed with markers on the left and right verges, road studs (also called cat’s eyes or reflective raised pavement markers),

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Towing a trailer: the complete guide in New Zealand

Towing a trailer requires more skill from you as a driver, and puts more strain on your car. In this article we’ll discuss the skills you will need to develop, what the requirements are for your car, what should you

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What should you do if you have a crash or accident?

In this article we’ll discuss how competent drivers avoid accidents, and tell you your obligations if you do have an accident. Until computers control all our vehicles, we will continue to have crashes because drivers are only human. Unfortunately humans

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Pedestrian crossings and refuges: Sharing the roads with pedestrians

There are several types of pedestrian crossings on New Zealand’s roads, and they are designed to allow safer crossings for pedestrians, people using wheeled recreational vehicles like skateboards, rollerskates and self-propelled scooters; and people using mobility devices such as motorised

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Railway level crossings: what are the rules?

Trains in New Zealand don’t enjoy a large network like in, for example, Europe or Queensland (where passenger trains and sugar cane trains respectively are very common), but you will encounter different types of crossings, and there are many signs

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Temporary warning signs in New Zealand

Here are all the temporary warning signs you are likely to see on New Zealand’s roads. They are primarily deep orange and/or white with black writing. Remember to check out our other sign guides starting here. Road workers will be

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Permanent warning signs in New Zealand

advisory speed sign

Permanent warning signs are mostly yellow with a black border and black writing with a few exceptions. Speed cameras may be present Warns of a speed limit coming up ahead, for example, if you are on a motorway where the

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General and advisory signs in New Zealand

General advisory signs are usually (with a couple of exceptions) white with a black border and black writing. No exit signs. The blue and black variants are not official versions and it’s unlikely you’ll see them frequently, if at all

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