Katie Chapman at Stuff reports:
Concern that people may think new give-way rules were an April Fool’s Day joke led to an eleventh-hour date change – despite plans for a $1.2 million education campaign.
Just hours before Transport Minister Steven Joyce was due to lodge a Cabinet paper outlining the changes to the give-way rule, he questioned the planned April 1 start date, saying people may think it was a joke.
Despite advice that April 1 would be more memorable, the date was changed to March 25.
The rule change includes dropping the give-way-to-the-right rule in favour of giving way to the left.
I have to say I think the Minister called this one right. telling people the give way rules will be changing on April Fools Day would be a risk best avoided.
For us Kiwis, giving way to the right is so ingrained, it will take a while to get used to it. Now all we need is a law change that also allows you to turn left on a red light if it is safe.