Give way rules - a reminder

Thursday 17 January 2013, 4:01PM

By Marlborough District Council



In March 2012, two of the give way rules changed.

Change 1: The left-turn versus right-turn rule

This new rule requires all traffic turning right to give way to all vehicles coming from the opposite direction and turning left.

This new rule applies at cross roads, T-intersections and driveways where:

  1. both vehicles are facing each other with no signs or signals (as shown above)
  2. both vehicles are facing give way signs
  3. both vehicles are facing stop signs
  4. both vehicles are facing green traffic signals.

Think: If you're turning right, give way.

Change 2 - Uncontrolled T-intersections

The new rule requires all traffic turning right from a terminating road bottom of the T) with no signs or signals, to give way to all vehicles on the continuing road (top of the T).

The change to the rule brought it into line with T-intersections where there are Stop or Give Way signs on the terminating road.

This change also applies at driveways including public driveways such as at a supermarket or hospital. Vehicles should continue to give way to pedestrians on a footpath, or cyclists and pedestrians on a cycle path or shared path.

Think: Top of the T goes before me.