Improving safety on our roads is a priority for the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. We work with the NZ Police, Ministry of Transport, local government, WorkSafe and others to deliver the New Zealand road safety strategy, Road to Zero 2020-2030.
The government has a Vision Zero approach of a New Zealand where no-one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes, and where no death or serious injury while travelling on our roads is acceptable.
The Road to Zero strategy builds on, and is guided by, the Safe System approach. It sets clear targets and measures to reduce road trauma.
The Safe System is the international gold standard in road safety. It recognises that people make mistakes and are vulnerable in a crash. It reduces the price paid for a mistake so crashes don't result in loss of life or limb. Mistakes are inevitable – deaths and serious injuries from crashes are not. To learn more about the Safe System approach watch our 20-minute video.
We apply the Safe System principles of:
Further guiding principles are introduced in Road to Zero to ensure that:
We are working with partners to strengthen the system with actions in five key focus areas: