Take extreme care when driving over a railway level crossing
When approaching a level crossing where lights and bells are operating, or barrier arms are lowered or have started to come down, you must:
- stop your car
- wait for the train to pass
- wait for the lights to stop flashing and the barrier arms to lift before entering the crossing
- slow down, and be prepared to stop
- if there is a ‘Stop’ sign, you must stop your vehicle completely look both ways up and down the tracks to check the railway lines are clear
- wait for any approaching train to pass before crossing and where there is more than one track, look again for trains coming in the opposite direction. Cross only when the railway lines are clear of trains
- Never overtake a vehicle that has stopped for a train or try to race a train over the crossing – trains are usually travelling faster than you think.
Some vehicles, such as those carrying dangerous goods and passenger service vehicles (eg buses) are legally required to stop at a level crossing, unless automatic alarms are installed.
Learning to drive
Check out this free website and learning tool designed by the NZ Transport Agency and ACC to help young people become confident, capable drivers – https://drive.govt.nz/.
- This video produced by the NZ Transport Agency looks at when you need to stop at a level crossing as it can be very hard to judge the speed and distance of a train.