- The House of Representatives (New Zealand)
- New Zealand
Lane filtering is riding a motorcycle at low speeds between stationary or slow moving vehicles travelling in the same direction as the rider. If done safely, lane filtering may ease traffic congestion for all road users, allowing motorcycle riders to move quickly and safely away from congested traffic.
A study conducted by the University of Berkeley and commissioned by the California Highway Patrol and the Office of Traffic Safety recently concluded that when done prudently, lane filtering does not increase motorcyclists' risk.
Queensland has recently passed a law that will allow motorcycle riders to lane filter, as well as ride on the road shoulder of motorways, provided they are not travelling at more than 30km/h and it is safe to do so. This will come into effect in early 2015.
New South Wales has already introduced lane filtering following a trial conducted in Sydney in 2013, and the Australian Capital Territory has announced a two year trial of lane filtering commencing in February 2015.
We, the undersigned, call on the House of Representatives to introduce a law allowing safe lane filtering for motorcyclists on New Zealand roads.
Under this proposed new law, motorcyclists holding a full license will be allowed to move between lanes of stationary or slow moving vehicles travelling in the same direction as the rider, provided they are not travelling at more than 30km/h and it is safe to do so.
On major roads, such as motorways where the speed limit is 90km/hr or more, a motorcycle rider who holds a full licence will be allowed to ride through stationary or slow moving traffic at speeds not greater than 30km/hr on the road shoulder.
The Introduce Safe Lane Filtering for Motorcyclists petition to The House of Representatives (New Zealand) was written by Chris Keeling and is in the category Roads & Transport at GoPetition.