The proposal to change the give-way rules was initially consulted on as a priority action in the Government’s 10-year road safety strategy, Safer Journeys—New Zealand’s Road Safety Strategy 2010–2020, which was released in March 2010. Following approval by Cabinet, this proposal, together with other minor proposed changes to the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004, was included in the draft rule.
In May 2011, the NZ Transport Agency sent details of the amendment proposals by letter or email to about 1 300 groups and individuals who had registered an interest in the rule. Copies of the draft rule were made available through the NZ Transport Agency’s contact centre and the consultation material, which included questions and answers, was available on the NZ Transport Agency’s Internet site. The availability of the draft rule for comment was publicised in the metropolitan daily newspapers in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin, in selected regional daily newspapers, and in the New Zealand Gazette.
The NZ Transport Agency received 134 submissions on the draft rule. The submissions that were received were taken into account in redrafting the rule, after which the rule was submitted to the Minister of Transport for signing.