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Left lane for passing only now


New legislation will force left lane hogs to move over.

The new law says drivers are to stay in the right lane unless passing, allowing traffic to merge, preparing for a left turn, or passing an official vehicle displaying flashing lights.

Drivers can use the left lane if it’s unsafe to use the right lane or if there’s congestion and travel speed drops below 50km/h.

This legislation applies to highways with two or more lanes and with a speed limit of 80km/h or more.

In rural areas, drivers are allowed to use the left lane if there’s no approaching traffic in order to better avoid wildlife that may be on the side of the road.

In addition, this legislation will allow the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to define winter tires as those with a mountain/snowflake symbol or the M+S symbol by regulation, and to more easily update the definition as tire technology changes.

Updated requirements for studded tires and traction devices such as chains can also be defined in regulation.

Another change will permit local governments to permit motorcycle parking within six metres of intersections with stop signs or signals, as long as drivers’ views are not impeded.

This will allow more efficient use of space that is not large enough for a car.


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