Traffic Amendment Regulations 1997

1997/143

Traffic Amendment Regulations 1997


Note

These regulations are administered in the Ministry of Transport.


PURSUANT to sections 41A, 77, 77A, and 199 of the Transport Act 1962, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.

1 Title and commencement
  • (1) These regulations may be cited as the Traffic Amendment Regulations 1997, and are part of the Traffic Regulations 19761 (the principal regulations).

    (2) These regulations come into force on 1 September 1997 (except regulation 10(3)).

    (3) Regulation 10(3) comes into force on 1 September 1999.

2 Interpretation
  • (1) Regulation 2 of the principal regulations is amended by revoking the definition of the term centre line (as substituted by regulation 2(2) of the Traffic Regulations 1976, Amendment No 15, and amended by regulation 2(1) of the Traffic Regulations 1976, Amendment No 23), and substituting the following definition:

    Centre line

    • (a) In relation to any portion of a roadway not marked with a flush median, means a dotted or solid line or lines of paint or raised studs (or any combination of those lines and studs) intended to separate opposing traffic:

    • (b) In relation to any portion of a roadway marked with a flush median, means the longitudinal white line that forms the left side of the flush median as viewed by a driver facing forward:.

    (2) Regulation 7 of the principal regulations is amended by inserting, after the definition of the term fire authority, the following definition:

    Flush median, in relation to any portion of a roadway, means an area marked by white diagonal lines which—

    • (a) Are painted along the middle of the roadway; and

    • (b) Are bounded by approximately parallel, longitudinal white lines—

    for the purpose of separating opposing traffic.

    (3) Regulation 2 of the principal regulations is amended by revoking the definition of the term lane, and substituting the following definition:

    Lane, in relation to any roadway, means a longitudinal strip of the roadway at least 2.5 metres wide, intended for the passage of traffic, which is separated from other parts of the roadway by a longitudinal line or lines of paint or raised studs; but does not include any flush median or any area on either side of the roadway on which diagonal lines have been marked. A two-way road divided by a centre line is deemed to be marked in lanes.

    (4) Regulation 2 of the principal regulations is amended by revoking paragraph (b) of the definition of the term parking, and substituting the following paragraph:

    • (b) In relation to any other portion of a road, the stopping or standing of a vehicle (other than a vehicle picking up or setting down passengers in a restricted parking area, and entitled to do so) on that portion of the road;—.

3 Overtaking
  • Regulation 8 of the principal regulations is amended by inserting, after subclause (2), the following subclause:

    • (2A) No driver may, when approaching or passing a flush median, pass or attempt to pass to the right of a vehicle moving in the same direction unless—

      • (a) The movement can be made with safety and is made with due consideration for other users of the road; and

      • (b) The driver—

        • (i) Intends to turn right from the road marked with the flush median into another road or vehicle entrance; or

        • (ii) Has turned right onto the road marked with the flush median; or

        • (iii) Can make the entire movement without encroaching on the flush median.

4 Exemptions from requirements relating to use of child restraints and seat belts
  • Regulation 30C of the principal regulations (as inserted by regulation 4 of the Traffic Regulations 1976, Amendment No 11) is amended by revoking paragraph (d) of subclause (4) (as inserted by regulation 4 of the Traffic Regulations 1976, Amendment No 26), and substituting the following paragraphs:

    • (d) Is driving a motor cycle; or

    • (e) Is driving a motor vehicle that is being used by a constable or a traffic officer who is a non-sworn member of the Police in the execution of the constable's or traffic-officer's duty.

5 Restrictions on stopping or parking vehicles
  • Regulation 35(2) of the principal regulations is amended by inserting, after paragraph (ba) (as inserted by regulation 4 of the Traffic Regulations 1976, Amendment No 12), the following paragraph:

    • (bb) On a flush median:.

6 Parking signs
  • Regulation 123(2)(c) of the principal regulations (as substituted by regulation 4 of the Traffic Regulations 1976, Amendment No 28) is amended by revoking subparagraph (iii), and substituting the following subparagraph:

    • (iii) At distances of not more than—

      • (A) 100m between any 2 signs (except where sub-subparagraph (B) applies):

      • (B) 500m on a road having a speed limit that is greater than 70 kilometres an hour between the parking signs Pk 3(a) (No stopping at all times) as described in Part VII of the Fourth Schedule of the principal regulations.

7 Erection of signs
  • (1) Regulation 128(5) of the principal regulations is amended by revoking paragraph (c) (as amended by regulation 18(1) of the Traffic Regulations 1976, Amendment No 15), and substituting the following paragraph:

    • (c) Where practicable and subject to regulation 131, appear on the near or left-hand side of the road to a person approaching the locality to which the sign is intended to refer:.

    (2) Regulation 18(1) of the Traffic Regulations 1976, Amendment No 15 is consequentially revoked.

8 New regulations substituted
  • (1) The principal regulations are amended by revoking regulation 131 (as amended by regulation 11 of the Traffic Regulations 1976, Amendment No 29), and substituting the following regulations:

    131 Support for traffic signs
    • (1) Subject to subclause (2), traffic signs must be erected—

      • (a) On a white-coloured (or, if made of galvanised steel or aluminium, unpainted) pole provided by the controlling authority for the purpose; or

      • (b) With the consent of the owner of the pole, on any telegraph pole, electric-power pole, or other pole.

      (2) If there is no room to erect any pole under subclause (1)(a) and no other pole is available, signs may, with the consent of the owner of the building or wall or fence, be erected on any adjacent building or wall or fence.

      (3) Subject to subclause (8) and to regulation 131B, if a 'Stop' sign or 'Give Way' sign is erected on any pole or building or wall or fence, no other sign may be erected on that pole or, as the case may be, on the same side of that building or on the same wall or fence.

      (4) Subject to subclause (8) and to regulations 131A and 131B, a regulatory sign or warning sign must not be erected with any other traffic sign, other than an approved supplementary sign facing the same direction as the regulatory sign or the warning sign, on the same pole or in the same location on the same building, wall, or fence.

      (5) Subject to subclause (8), not more than 2 parking signs, or 3 parking signs provided 1 of them is a 'Clearway' sign, or 1 parking sign and 1 pedestrian sign, may be erected on the same pole or in the same location on the same building, wall, or fence.

      (6) Subject to regulation 131B, information signs must be erected on separate poles from other signs.

      (7) No other sign, written matter, or monogram may be erected on or appear on any pole supporting a traffic sign but, in the case of a sign erected by an automobile association or a controlling authority, the monogram of the association or a public notice by the authority may be placed on the pole.

      (8) A traffic sign may be mounted on the reverse side of another traffic sign—

      • (a) If the sign is of the same shape and size as that other sign; and

      • (b) If the sign is intended to be seen by opposing traffic (in relation to traffic approaching that other sign).

    131A Signs on traffic signals or pedestrian poles
    • (1) The following signs may be erected on a pole supporting a traffic signal:

      • (a) A Keep Left sign:

      • (b) A Turning Traffic Give Way To Pedestrians sign:

      • (c) Any sign prohibiting vehicles from turning in a specified direction.

      (2) Where a traffic signal is at a level crossing, the following signs may be erected on the pole supporting the traffic signal:

      • (a) A crossbuck sign; and

      • (b) Where appropriate, a stop on red sign or a more than 1 track sign, or both.

      (3) A Keep Left sign may be erected on a pole maintained under regulation 93(1) at a pedestrian crossing.

    131B Combination of signs
    • The combination of signs specified in any one of the following paragraphs may be erected on the same pole:

      • (a) Where the pole is at a level crossing,—

        • (i) A Give Way sign or a Stop sign; and

        • (ii) A crossbuck sign; and

        • (iii) Where appropriate, a look for trains sign or a more than 1 track sign, or both:

      • (b) A Give way sign or a Stop sign and a Keep Left sign, where the Keep Left sign faces the opposing traffic viewed from the position of a driver approaching the Give Way or Stop sign:

      • (c) A sign showing the name of a street (but of not more than 1 street) and any other sign:

      • (d) Any sign relating to cycling and any sign relating to pedestrians:

      • (e) A Road Narrows sign or Narrow Bridge sign; and

        • (i) A Please Give Way sign (including any supplementary sign); or

        • (ii) A Right of Way sign:

      • (f) A sign warning of curves and a sign advising the appropriate cornering speed.

    (2) Regulation 11 of the Traffic Regulations 1976, Amendment No 29, is consequentially revoked.

9 Stationary vehicle offences
  • The principal regulations are amended by inserting, after regulation 136, the following regulation:

    136A
    • The following offences are stationary vehicle offences for the purposes of the definition of that term in section 41A of the Act:

      • (a) An offence against regulation 37(5) (which relates to parking a goods service vehicle during the hours of darkness without a visible rear red light):

      • (b) An offence against regulation 71(1) (which relates to using a worn or damaged tyre):

      • (c) An offence against regulation 71(2) (which relates to using a smooth tyre):

      • (d) An offence against regulation 85(1) (which relates to operating a vehicle without a current warrant of fitness or certificate of fitness or permit).

10 Schedule 4 amended
  • (1) Part 2 of Schedule 4 of the principal regulations (as substituted by regulation 6(1) of the Traffic Regulations 1976, Amendment No 17) is amended by adding to the item relating to sign P 15 the item set out in Part 1 of the Schedule.

    (2) Part 4 of Schedule 4 of the principal regulations (as so substituted) is amended by revoking the item relating to sign R16, and substituting the items set out in Part 2 of the Schedule.

    (3) Part 4 of Schedule 4 of the principal regulations (as so substituted) is amended by revoking the item relating to sign R20.

    (4) Part 4 of Schedule 4 of the principal regulations (as so substituted) is amended by revoking the items relating to signs R27 and R31, and substituting the items set out in Part 3 of the Schedule.

    (5) Part 6 of Schedule 4 of the principal regulations (as so substituted) is amended by revoking the item relating to sign I1, and substituting the item set out in Part 4 of the Schedule.

    (6) Part 7 of Schedule 4 of the principal regulations (as substituted by regulation 7(2) of the Traffic Regulations 1976, Amendment No 21) is amended—

    • (a) By revoking the items relating to signs Pk 3(a), Pk 7, and Pk 10, and substituting the items set out in Part 5 of the Schedule; and

    • (b) By adding to the words in the fifth column of the item relating to sign Pk 4 the words Additional words may be placed on a supplementary panel to provide information, such as contact telephone numbers, on retrieving towed away vehicles.; and

    • (c) By omitting from the fifth column of the item relating to sign Pk 9 the expression 5; and

    • (d) By inserting in the fifth column of the item relating to sign Pk 11, after the words or a symbol of a person in a wheelchair,, the words or a symbol of a bus,; and

    • (e) By adding to the words in the fifth column of the item relating to sign Pk 11 the words Additional words to assist motorists to comply, such as specifications of the hours of operation, or terms such as Tour buses only may be placed on a supplementary panel below the sign, in letters at least x 25.

    (7) Until 1 September 1999, it is sufficient compliance with the requirement of regulation 129 of the principal regulations if, instead of the signs substituted by subclauses (4) and (5), the signs revoked by those subclauses are displayed.

    (8) Until 1 September 1999, it is sufficient compliance with the requirement of regulation 129 of the principal regulations if,—

    • (a) Instead of sign Pk 9 as amended by subclause (6)(c), sign Pk 9 in the form prescribed immediately before the commencement of these regulations is displayed:

    • (b) Instead of sign Pk 10 as substituted by subclause (6)(a), the sign Pk 10 revoked by that subclause is displayed.


Schedule
Amendments to Schedule 4 of principal regulations

Reg 10

1

 Shape and SizeBackground ColourBorderLegendColour and Size
Name of sign (meaning of sign in brackets)Other Requirements, Associated Signs, Etc 
(d) Gravel RoadRectangular 600mm wide, 400mm highYellow (r)Black, 15mmGRAVEL ROADBlack, 100/14

2

R 16. Please Give Way (give way to vehicles)600mm diameter circleWhite (r)Red (r) 75mmUpward pointing red arrow and downward pointing black arrowRed and Black
(a) Give WayRectangular, 600mm wide, 250mm highWhite (r)Red (r) 10mm, placed 5mm from edges of signGIVE WAYRed (r) 100 / 12.5

3

R 27. One Way (traffic may travel only in the direction shown by the arrow on the roadway alongside which it is erected)Rectangular, 600mm wide, 250mm highBlueWhite (r), 10mmHorizontal arrow showing direction of travelWhite (r), arrow length 400mm,arrow shaft width 75mm
    ONE WAY Inside horizontal arrowBlue (r), 50/7
R 31. Give Way to PedestriansRectangular, 375mm wide, 475mm highWhite (r)Red

TURNING

TRAFFIC

GIVE WAY

TO

PEDESTRIANS

Black, 50/7

Black, 50/7

Black, 50/7

Black, 50/7

Black, 50/7

4

I1. Turn Left At Any Time With Care (drivers may turn left irrespective of nearby traffic signals, provided they give way to all other traffic)Rectangular 750mm wide, 600mm highWhite (r)Black, 12 mm, placed 6 mm from edges of sign

TURN

LEFT AT

ANY TIME

WITH CARE

Black,100/17

Black,100/17

Black,80/11

Black,80/13

Name of Sign (meaning of sign in brackets)Shape and SizeBackground ColourBorderLengendColour and Size
 Other Requirements, Associated Signs, EtcSymbols/Words 

5

Pk 3. (a) No Stopping At All Times (drivers may not stop, stand, or park their vehicles at the kerb at all times or during the hours stated except when required to by traffic conditions)Circular 400 mm diameterBlue (r), (the sign does not need to reflectorised if it is positioned approximately parallel with the edge of the road)Red (r), (the sign does not need to be reflectorised if it is positioned approximately parallel with the edge of the road) 50 mmDiagonal croos. In addition, a single or double-headed arrow of 20 mm shaft width, red, may be placed on a supplementary panel below the sign to show the direction or directions in which the restriction appliesRed (r) (the sign does not need to be reflectorised if it is positioned approximately parallel with the edge of the road) 40 mm wide
Pk 7. Bus Stop or Shuttle Bus Stop (vehicles other than buses or shuttle buses may not stop in the area marked out)Rectangular, 300mm wide, 440mm high, or more to accommodate the legend comfortablyWhiteRed, 10mmNo Parking symbol of 120mm diameter and 15mm red border, with a red 10mm wide diagonal slash through a black PBlack 70/11
    Bus symbol or shuttle bus symbol, red, Bus Stop or Shuttle Bus Stopx 35 red
    Additional words or numerals may be used to define the period of application, in letters at least x 25, red, on the bottom of the sign. In addition, a single or double-headed arrow of 15mm shaft width, red, may be placed on the bottom of the sign 
Pk 10. Supplementary Loading Zone sign (area marked out as a loading zone is reserved for a specified class of vehicle)Rectangular, 300mm wide, 125mm highBlueWhite, 10mmGoods Vehicles Only, or other words to specify the class of vehicle, or a symbol of a goods service vehiclex 25 white
    Additional words or figures may appear specifying the time in minutes during which a driver may leave the vehicle unattended 
Placed below a loading zone sign to restrict its use to a certain class of vehicles

MARIE SHROFF,

Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

These regulations, which come into force on 1 September 1997, make miscellaneous amendments to the Traffic Regulations 1976.

Regulation 2 inserts a new definition of flush median, and amends existing definitions to take into account flush medians. The definition of parking is amended to clarify that vehicles legitimately engaged in picking up or setting down passengers in a restricted area are not parked within the meaning of the regulations.

Regulation 3 limits overtaking on a flush median.

Regulation 4 exempts police vehicles from having to be fitted with approved child restraints.

Regulation 5 prohibits drivers from stopping or parking a vehicle on a flush median.

Regulation 6 extends the minimum distance between 'No Stopping' signs, in no parking zones on roads with speed limits over 70 kilometres, from 100 metres to 500 metres.

Regulation 7 aligns regulation 128 with new regulation 131.

Regulation 8 permits traffic signs to be mounted on unpainted, galvanised steel, or aluminium poles. It also allows back-to-back mounting of signs.

New regulation 131A allows certain traffic signs to be mounted on traffic signals. New regulation 131B allows certain combinations of traffic signs to be mounted on the same pole.

Regulation 9 inserts a new regulation 136A that lists the types of offences against the regulations that constitute stationary vehicle offences.

The offences listed are the same as those previously contained in section 41A of the Transport Act 1962 before its amendment by section 3 of the Transport Amendment Act 1997. The section now allows the regulations themselves to specify what is a stationary vehicle offence, rather than itself specifying those offences by cross-reference to specific regulations.

Regulation 10 changes provisions regulating traffic signs. In particular, it—

  • Inserts a Gravel Road warning sign:

  • Inserts a new Give Way supplementary sign:

  • Revokes, as from 1 August 1999, the No Stopping Rural sign:

  • Changes the format of the One Way and Give Way to Pedestrians signs:

  • Replaces the Free Turn sign with a Turn Left at any Time with Care sign:

  • Requires the No Stopping at all Times sign to be reflectorised except where it is positioned parallel to the road:

  • Extends the Bus Stop no parking sign to shuttle buses:

  • Changes the format of the Supplementary Loading Zone sign:

  • Permits supplementary signs to be placed below Clearway signs to advise about retrieving towed away vehicles:

  • Omits the 5 minute limit from the Loading Zone sign:

  • Permits additional information to be provided in relation to the Parking Reserved Sign.

Until 1 August 1999, the One Way, Give Way to Pedestrians, Free Turn, and Loading Zone signs may be displayed in the form approved for those signs before the commencement of these regulations.


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 25 July 1997.


  • 1 SR 1976/227