April 27, 2018
Tairawhiti embraces bilingual warnings
Expect to see more bilingual signs if you drive around the East Coast.
Gisborne District Council’s Tairawhiti Roads division is rolling out bilingual road safety messages around the district.
The latest billboards on state highways promote road safety messages relating to the trucking industry, encouraging truck drivers to drive 10km below the speed limit, take breaks if they feel tires, and share the roads.
It has also launched bilingual stop-slow signs for traffic management and other bilingual road works signage.
General manager Dave Hadfield said the feedback on the signs had been positive and the contractors were proud to use them.
The region’s population is 49 percent Maori, and Gisborne was the first council to formally adopt a bilingual policy, including bilingual signage on all new council signs and buildings.
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