Cyclist / Truck Road Protocol - 2012/2013
Cyclist / Truck Road Protocol
Between; Cycle Tour Operators New Zealand (CTONZ) & Road Transport Forum
New Zealand (RTFNZ)
As of October 2008 CTONZ & the Road Transport Forum New Zealand (RTFNZ)
have an agreement in principle on a protocol for the on road relationship
between truck drivers & cycle touring groups. Both organisations recognise
that they share the road and, as such have responsibilities towards each
other and a common goal, to reduce the number of incidents between cyclists
and trucks on our roads.
Suggested behaviour -
A - Cyclists & Cycle Tour Companies
- Cyclists to be well briefed on NZ road laws and expectations of traffic
behaviour and density.
- Bright high visibility clothing to be strongly promoted to riders.
- Where possible a flag, reflective diamond or reflective material should
be displayed on the bike.
- In general, cyclists should keep as far left as possible. Groups should
cycle in single file on corners, on hills and areas where there is less
than 200 metres clear visibility. At other times, two abreast is satisfactory,
consistent with road safety.
- Cycle tour operators should use hazard warning lights on their support
vehicle when cyclists are on the road.
- Support vehicles should have a rear mounted warning sign to alert other
users that a cycle group is ahead.
- Where practical, the support vehicle should remain at the rear of the
- Where long winding roads make it impossible to secure suitable visibility
to allow a safe passing movement, cyclists, as a courtesy should dismount
to allow /prevent any build up in traffic to pass.
- Where unsatisfactory driving behaviour is observed, cyclists & guides
are encouraged to identify the truck company, time of incident and if
possible the registration number which will be forwarded to the company
B - Truck Drivers
- Truck drivers should overtake cyclists when they consider it is safe
to do so and passing manoeuvres should be carried out at speeds consistent
- The passing movement should allow sufficient clearance between the truck
and the cyclists to ensure safe passage of the truck and cyclists.
- The cycle protocol will be included in the Association’s Circulars.
- The Road Transport Forum will publish copies of the protocol for members
to give to drivers.
- When complaints are received, transport operators will investigate the
complaint and when appropriate raise the issues with the driver involved
and take what ever remedial action is justified.
C - Validity
- Both parties will review the protocol annually.
- Changes can be made with agreement of both parties.