15 May 2020

Tonga moving to tighten rules for motorists

12:47 pm on 15 May 2020

The Tonga government is undertaking public consultations on proposed new traffic legislation that aims to improve road safety.

The legislation would make wearing seat belts, in the front seats, compulsory and outlaw the use of phones while driving.

Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa

Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa Photo: RNZ Pacific

Kaniva Tonga reports that heavily tinted front windows in vehicles would also be banned.

If passed the new legislation would also allow visitors who hold either a New Zealand, Australian or United States driver's licence to drive in the kingdom.

It also points to plans for Tonga's first set of traffic lights and the likelihood of heavy traffic being banned from some streets in central Nuku'alofa.