Talk:Driving in New Zealand
I seem to remember something about Mountain Driving in NZ and harsh weather conditions in the winter? My parents drove along the South Island and commented on it... KJ
This article appears biased
Several statements in this article regarding the enforcement of New Zealand Traffic laws, most commonly speeding enforcement, appear biased and/or unattributed.
"The Police operate a dedicated Highway Patrol, whose primary job is to raise revenue by issuing speeding tickets."
Is it a stated goal of the Highway patrol to Raise Revenue? If so, this needs to be attributed. Otherwise, it would be better to state that "It is a widely-held belief that the highway patrol's job is simply to raise revenue..."
"it is rare for Police officers to concentrate on offences other than speeding"
No evidence is provided to support this statement and it indicates a bias
"However, you must take care not to exceed the speed limit at all times, as speeding up to minimise the time exposed to danger (a safe driving practice) will still be viewed by Police officers as dangerous."
This is arguable. Do not state that driving fast on the wrong side of the road is a safe driving practice without attributing this fact.
"Enforcement often happens at sections of road where drivers may easily break the speed limit, such as at the few places on the State Highways where it is safe and practical to overtake."
The officially stated policy is that enforcement is directed at those areas with disproportionately high accident statistics.
Congestion in Auckland
The article currently says Auckland is very congested. By NZ standards, yes it is, but I think this is a bit misleading for the typical traveller. I'd like to amend it accordingly, unless anyone disagrees? Andyfarrell 18:08, 26 September 2007 (EDT)
Driving on unsealed roads
I think this is utter bullshit. Why would you avoid unsealed roads? They are the best kinds of roads to drive on. And you can go faster than 60 on them. 188.8.131.52 09:14, 29 October 2008 (EDT)
Reference to law
I think with driving comment you should add clauses to show where the law requires something to be done - eg road code clause, or land transport regulations etc. I dont know where each clause would be, and it would involve research.
Otherwise it ends up opinion, and there are enough arrogant and stupid New Zealanders on the road who feel it is their right to do as they please, let alone all the overseas people who come here and have only just learned to drive and cause extreme anger for the rest of us by hogging the road in the fast lane doing 60!!