dickytim:Satch: I've found that drivers on Auckland motorways tend to go noticably slower than they do on Wellington motorways for some reason (I grew up in Wellington and have been living in Auckland the past 5 or so years).
I could sit in the right hand lane on Wellington's motorway going a few clicks over 100 and have to pull over frequently to let faster drivers through. But in Auckland I tend to sit behind drivers going 90-100 in the right hand lane. Oh and all of this is experiences outside of rush hour traffic.
Never been to Wellington but I agree with Auckland motorway users, they sit on 80-90 and wont move over to the left, saw this this morning, I was doing 80-90 in the left lane and about 10 mtrs ahead there was a truck doing the same sitting in the right lane, it is just ignorance and in my opinion worse driving than speeding. I try to keep left when I can and if I can't I'll pull off to let people pass when it is safe to do so.
There's no such thing as "the fast lane" other than in people's heads. With the level of traffic on our motorways, especially in Auckland, there's no room for a fast lane anyway - you have to fill what space you can!
From what I believe it's common practice for slower vehicles such as trucks to use the far lanes as then they don't get in the way of traffic entering and exiting the motorway.