Traffic Amendment Regulations 1998

1998/45

Traffic Amendment Regulations 1998


Note

These regulations are administered in the Ministry of Transport.


PURSUANT to sections 77 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 1998, and are part of the Traffic Regulations 19761 (the principal regulations).

    (2) These regulations come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette.

2 Interpretation
  • (1) Regulation 2 of the principal regulations is amended by inserting, after the definition of the term non-steering axle, the following definition:

    Omnibus means a passenger vehicle that has more than 9 seating positions (including the driver's seating position).

    (2) Regulation 2 of the principal regulations is amended by inserting, after the definition of the term rear axis, the following definition:

    Reflective material means any material or surface that reflects a beam of light generally parallel to the path of the beam and in an opposite direction to that path.

3 Railway crossings
  • Regulation 11(4) of the principal regulations is amended by omitting the words section 64 of the Government Railways Act 1949, and substituting the words section 4 of the Railway Safety and Corridor Management Act 1992.

4 Places controlled by traffic signals
  • (1) Regulation 18(5) of the principal regulations is amended—

    • (a) By omitting from paragraph (a)(iii) the words or WAIT:

    • (c) By omitting from paragraph (h) the words or a flashing or steady WAIT.

    (2) Regulation 18(5)(k) of the principal regulations is amended by omitting the words While a white T on a black background is displayed, a driver of a light rail vehicle, and substituting the words While a white T on a black background or a white B on a black background is displayed, a driver of a light rail vehicle or omnibus.

    (3) Regulation 18(5) of the principal regulations is amended by adding the following paragraphs:

    • (n) While a yellow bicycle symbol is illuminated, cyclists must stop unless they are so close to the controlled area that they cannot safely stop before entering the controlled area:

    • (o) While a red bicycle symbol is illuminated, cyclists must not enter the controlled area:

    • (p) While a green bicycle symbol is illuminated, cyclists may proceed straight ahead, or turn left or right.

    (4) Regulation 18 of the principal regulations is amended by adding the following subclause:

    • (7) The WAIT and CROSS signals permitted by this regulation (as it read immediately before the commencement of the Traffic Amendment Regulations 1998) may be used until the close of 31 March 2003.

5 Use of motor vehicle lights
  • (1) Regulation 37(9)(b) of the principal regulations is revoked.

    (2) Regulation 37 of the principal regulations is amended by adding the following subclause:

    • (10) A person may not operate a motor vehicle on a road if the vehicle displays any reflective material in a manner that may cause confusion about the orientation of the vehicle.

6 Lighting and reflector requirements for all cycles
  • The principal regulations are amended by revoking regulations 43 and 44, and substituting the following regulation:

    43
    • (1) A person may not ride a cycle on a road during the hours of darkness unless—

      • (a) The cycle has attached a lamp displaying to the front a steady beam of light that is white or amber; and

      • (b) The cycle has attached a lamp displaying to the rear either a flashing red light or a steady beam of red light; and

      • (c) All lamps used on the cycle are visible, to a driver with normal vision, under normal atmospheric conditions for at least 100 m (in a forward or rearward direction, as the case may be).

      (2) A person may not ride a cycle on a road unless—

      • (a) The cycle has a rear reflector of not less than 35 mm2 in area that is placed so as to reflect directly to the rear any light shining towards it from the rearward of the cycle; and

      • (b) The cycle has yellow pedal reflectors that are on the forward and rearward facing surfaces of each pedal, or the person has reflective straps attached to the lower parts of his or her legs.

      (3) A cycle used during the hours of darkness may have an additional lamp displaying to the front a flashing light that is white or amber.

      (4) A person may not ride on a road a cycle that is equipped with a lamp or reflector other than a lamp or reflector required or permitted by this regulation.

      (5) Nothing in this regulation applies if the cycle is being ridden other than during the hours of darkness in—

      • (a) A race controlled by a cycle or athletic club; or

      • (b) A sponsored event or sporting promotion.

7 Restrictions affecting vehicles
  • Regulation 48B(1)(p)(iv) of the principal regulations is amended by omitting the words does not exceed, and substituting the word exceeds.

8 Other indicators of the presence of a pedestrian crossing
  • Regulation 93 of the principal regulations is amended by revoking subclause (2), and substituting the following subclause:

    • (2) Before 1 April 2003, the controlling authority must place on every pole specified in subclause (1) for which it is responsible—

      • (a) An internally illuminated amber globe (the lamp of which may flash at from 40 to 60 flashes per minute) not less than 300 mm in diameter; or

      • (b) A Belisha beacon disk in a form described in Part II of the Fourth Schedule.

9 Traffic signal displays
  • Regulation 115 of the principal regulations is amended by inserting, after subclause (2), the following subclauses:

    • (2A) A white T or B on a black background may be placed adjacent to a green signal that normally operates at all hours of the day and night.

    • (2B) A traffic signal may include a bicycle symbol for the purposes of regulation 18.

10 Regulation 116A revoked
  • (1) Regulation 116A of the principal regulations is revoked.

    (2) Regulation 13 of the Traffic Regulations 1976, Amendment No 27 is consequentially revoked.

11 Traffic signal sequence
  • Regulation 117 of the principal regulations is amended by adding the following subclause:

    • (5) A red bicycle symbol must be followed by a green bicycle symbol and then by a yellow bicycle symbol.

12 Pedestrian-traffic signals
  • The principal regulations are amended by revoking regulation 118, and substituting the following regulation:

    118
    • (1) Traffic signals to control pedestrians must be erected in such a position as to indicate to pedestrians when they may enter the roadway.

      (2) Each traffic signal to control pedestrians must consist of—

      • (a) A red standing human figure symbol; and

      • (b) Immediately below the red standing human figure symbol, a green walking human figure symbol.

      (3) The indication to pedestrians is a steady signal displaying a red standing human figure symbol, followed by a signal displaying a green walking human figure symbol for the period pedestrians are permitted to enter the roadway, and followed by a flashing signal displaying a red standing human figure symbol to allow pedestrians to finish crossing the roadway which may be followed by no display.

      (4) The WAIT and CROSS signals permitted by this regulation (as it read immediately before the commencement of the Traffic Amendment Regulations 1998) may be used until the close of 31 March 2003.

13 Dimensions of signals and symbols
  • (1) Regulation 119A of the principal regulations is amended by revoking paragraph (d), and substituting the following paragraphs:

    • (d) Where the signal is in the form of a white T or B, the T or B must be enclosed within a disc of at least 200 mm in diameter:

    • (e) Where the signal is in the form of a bicycle symbol, the bicycle symbol must be enclosed by a disc at least 200 mm in diameter.

    (2) Regulation 119A of the principal regulations is amended by adding, as subclause (2), the following subclause:

    • (2) The WAIT and CROSS signals permitted by this regulation (as it read immediately before the commencement of the Traffic Amendment Regulations 1998) may be used until the close of 31 March 2003.

14 Advance warning signals
  • The principal regulations are amended by inserting, after regulation 120, the following regulation:

    120A
    • (1) A road controlling authority may install advance warning traffic signals preceding other traffic signals.

      (2) An advance warning traffic signal may be installed only if—

      • (a) The road alignment does not provide sufficient sight distance and the existing road alignment cannot reasonably be altered to overcome the deficiency; and

      • (b) The road controlling authority has considered the use of advance warning signs and considers that advance warning signals are more suited to the conditions.

      (3) Unless subclause (4) applies, advance warning traffic signals must be assembled on the left-hand side of the road.

      (4) Advance warning traffic signals may be assembled on the right-hand side of the road if they would not be seen on the left-hand side (for example, because the horizontal left-hand curvature restricts the sight distance).

      (5) The lights of advance warning traffic signals—

      • (a) Must comprise a pair of alternately flashing yellow lights, each similar in design and performance to a yellow traffic signal:

      • (b) Must accompany the P1 traffic signal sign and 1 of the prescribed supplementary signs:

      • (c) May be connected to the traffic signal controller so that they flash at appropriate times to provide the necessary warning for approaching drivers, having regard to the likely length of queues or the presence of a red signal.

15 New traffic signs
  • Schedule 4 of the principal regulations is amended—

    • (a) By adding to the item relating to traffic sign T3 (other hazards) the description set out in Part 1 of the Schedule of these regulations:

    • (b) By adding to the item relating to traffic sign P1 (traffic signals) the descriptions of the supplementary signs set out in Part 2 of the Schedule of these regulations:

    • (c) By adding to Part 2 the descriptions set out in Part 3 of the Schedule of these regulations:

    • (d) By adding to Part 4 the descriptions set out in Part 4 of the Schedule of these regulations:

    • (e) By adding to Part 6 the descriptions set out in Part 5 of the Schedule of these regulations.


Schedule
Amendments to Schedule 4 of principal regulations

Reg 15

1
New T3 Other Hazards Sign

(g) Signals not WorkingRectangular, 950 mm wide, 500 mm highOrange (r)Black, 20 mm wideSIGNALS in letters 100 mm in height and stroke width 15.5 mm NOT WORKING in letters 100 mm in height and stroke width 14mmBlack

2
Supplementary signs to P1 Sign

Supplementary Signs to be below traffic signals sign
(a) Hidden QueueRectangular, 750 mm wide, 500 mm highYellow (r)Black, 15 mmHIDDEN QUEUEBlack
(b) Prepare to StopRectangular, 750 mm wide, 500 mm highYellow (r)Black, 15 mmPREPARE TO STOPBlack
(c) Queued VehiclesRectangular, 750 mm wide, 500 mm highYellow (r)Black, 15 mmQUEUED VEHICLESBlack

3
New signs added to Part 2 of Schedule 4

P. 46 Belisha Beacon DiskCircular, 400 mm diameterNoneNoneNoneFluorescent orange (r)
P. 47 Trams (Watch for Trams Ahead)Diamond, 600 mm squareYellow (r)Black, 15 mmTramBlack
Sign to be installed only if road controlling authority considers it necessary to warn motorists of trams that also cross or travel on road.

4
New signs added to Part 4 of Schedule 4

R33. Bus or Transit LaneRectangular, 600 mm wide, 800 mm highWhite (r)Red (r), 15 mmSymbol of a bus (300 x 300) over lane (160/25) or Transit (120/17) Lane (120/19). Additional words or symbols may be used to define the nature of the restriction, its period of operation, or to indicate the beginning or end of the restriction, in black letters of X25Black
R34. Keep RightCircular, 330 mm diameterBlue (r)White, 15 mmArrow pointing right at 45° angleWhite (r)
Sign to be installed only where there is a vehicle carriageway to the left of the sign.

5
New signs added to Part 6 of Schedule 4

18. Slow Vehicle Bays InformationRectangular, 950 mm wide, 1100 mm highWhite (r)Black, 20 mm wideSLOW VEHICLE BAYS NEXT Xm in letters 125 mm in height and stroke width 21 mmBlack
19. Slow Vehicle Bay Advance NoticeRectangular, 900 mm wide, 900 mm highWhite (r)Black, 20 mm wideUpward sloping arrow, Type C SLOW VEHICLE BAY XXXm in letters 125 mm in height and stroke width 21 mmBlack
20. Slow Vehicle BayRectangular, 950 mm wide, 1100 mm highWhite (r)Black, 20 mm wideUpward sloping arrow, Type C SLOW VEHICLE BAY in letters 125 mm high and stroke width 21 mmBlack

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 the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette, amend the Traffic Regulations 1976.

Regulation 2 inserts definitions of the terms omnibus and reflective material.

Regulation 3 updates a reference in regulation 11 of the principal regulations to railways legislation.

Regulation 4 amends regulation 18 of the principal regulations to provide—

  • white B and T signals for omnibuses and light rail vehicles:

  • yellow, red, and green bicycle signals.

Regulation 5 amends regulation 37 of the principal regulations to prohibit the use of reflective materials on vehicles when such use causes confusion as to the vehicle's orientation.

Regulation 6 replaces regulations 43 and 44 of the principal regulations, and sets out new lighting and reflector requirements for all cycles. The main changes are—

  • all bicycles, irrespective of their date of manufacture, must comply with the requirements set out in new regulation 43:

  • during the hours of darkness, a front lamp displaying a white or amber steady beam of light must be used:

  • an additional front lamp displaying a white or amber flashing light may be used also:

  • during the hours of darkness, a rear lamp displaying either a red flashing light or a red steady beam of light must be used:

  • a red rear reflector must be used:

  • yellow pedal reflectors or reflective straps attached to the rider's legs must be used.

Regulation 7 corrects a drafting error in regulation 48B of the principal regulations.

Regulation 8 requires pedestrian crossings to have amber globes or Belisha beacon disks, and they are to be phased in over a 5-year period.

Regulation 9 amends regulation 115 of the principal regulations and relates to traffic signals. The amendment allows—

  • a white T or B on a black background to be placed adjacent to a green traffic signal:

  • a traffic signal to include a bicycle signal.

Regulation 10 revokes regulation 116A of the principal regulations, which relates to light rail vehicle signals.

Regulation 11 amends regulation 117 of the principal regulations and specifies the sequence for bicycle symbols. A red symbol must be followed by a green symbol and a green symbol must be followed by a yellow symbol.

Regulation 12 replaces regulation 118 of the principal regulations and relates to pedestrian-traffic signals. The new regulation requires the use of signals in the form of human standing figures and phases out the use of WAIT and CROSS signals over a 5-year period.

Regulation 13 specifies the dimensions of T and B signals and of bicycle signals.

Regulation 14 provides for the use of advance warning signals.

Regulation 15 amends Schedule 4 of the principal regulations by providing descriptions of new traffic signs.


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

Date of notification in Gazette: 19 March 1998.


  • 1 SR 1976/227