New Road Safety Initiatives in New Zealand

by Roger C. M. Dunn, Univ of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand,
Peter R. Kippenberger, Univ of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference—Volume II: International Ties, Management Systems, Propulsion Technology, Strategic Highway Research Program


A considerable number of initiatives have been taken in New Zealand recently to keep pressure on the downward trend in road crashes and casualties. These have included government legislation and administrative/financial changes as well as a number of technical developments. The paper outlines these initiatives - the main ones being: an annual National Road Safety Plan which develops co-ordination among all authorities responsible for road safety, the adoption of the `willingness to pay' principle for road casualty pricing, a nationwide systematic crash investigation program and monitoring programme plus safety audit procedures. Finally, the paper outlines a number of traffic engineering and management techniques which are being implemented. The paper concludes that the measures being undertaken in New Zealand are proving to be successful. The key to improving road safety is to ensure that the many agencies and community groups responsible must accept ownership of the problem and to employ a wide variety of traffic management techniques and technology.

Subject Headings: Traffic safety | Traffic accidents | Highway engineering | Management methods | Audits | Age factors | Laws | Legislation | New Zealand | Oceania

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