Safety is a high priority for us and we aim to ensure that the design, construction, maintenance and use of New Zealand’s networks minimise road trauma. We do this work in partnership with road controlling authorities (city and district councils), equipment suppliers and educational and enforcement organisations like ACC (external link) and the New Zealand Police (external link).
Under the safe system approach we’re working to develop a road transport system that reduces the impact of human error, and where no road user is exposed to crash forces likely to result in death or serious injury. This work includes road network improvements, setting speeds that match the level of protection offered by the road infrastructure, and improved vehicle design.
Managing motorcycling safety
Download our motorcycling safety guide
- Safer Journeys for Motorcycling on New Zealand Roads (includes questions and answers)
'Safer Journeys for Motorcycling on New Zealand Roads' has been developed to provide road controlling authorities, practitioners and policy makers with best practice advice to help identify, target and address key road safety issues on high-risk motorcycle routes. It includes a range of countermeasures to assist road designers and engineers in developing appropriate best practice treatments to address road sections that are high-risk for motorcyclists.
This guide is one of many motorcycling safety initiatives being carried out by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) to improve safety for motorcyclists across New Zealand. It is a living document which will be revised over time to ensure the information remains accurate and up-to-date. Questions and comments can be emailed to email@example.com.
Managing safety on high-risk rural roads
Crashes on rural roads are a serious issue in New Zealand. The social and economic costs are high. The government’s road safety strategy Safer Journeys signals that more must be done to improve safety on our high-risk rural roads.
As a result we have prepared a guide that provides guidance on the government’s Safer Journeys 2020 Strategy initiative to focus efforts on high-risk rural roads.
The High-risk rural road guide was developed to assist road controlling authorities in targeting road safety improvements on the highest risk sections of New Zealand’s rural roads (those with a posted speed limit of 80km/h or more) by using best value for money initiatives and providing a nationally consistent application of proven countermeasures.
The guide introduces a new way to identify high-risk road sections and, using the Safe System approach, provides best practice guidance on targeting and addressing key road safety issues on high-risk rural roads.
A draft guide was issued in April. Many supportive comments and helpful suggestions were received and have been incorporated into this release of the guide.
The guide is a living document. As new countermeasures are developed and trialled, and we gain more experience with the use of the guide and the Safe System approach, we intend to revise the guide to keep it up-to-date.
Road controlling authorities can identify sections of high-risk rural roads by using various methods. The KiwiRAP (external link) Risk Maps released in 2008 and the Star Ratings released in 2010 are a good starting place for the state highways. Road controlling authorities can also use the CAS database to identify local road sections with a record of high severity crashes or any RISA analysis to identify sections with a high risk potential. NZTA has also produced some risk maps for a number of local roads with corridors that have more than five fatal and serious crashes within 10 years.
- Criteria for high-risk rural road (PDF, 101KB)
- Examples of local road high-risk maps
- Northland / Kaipara - density (PDF, 596KB)
- Northland / Kaipara - risk (PDF, 596KB)
- Waikato / Bay of Plenty - density (PDF, 1.39MB)
- Waikato / Bay of Plenty - risk (PDF, 1.39MB)
- Canterbury - density (PDF, 622KB)
- Canterbury - risk (PDF, 626KB)
- Otago / Southland - density (PDF, 407KB)
- Otago / Southland - risk (PDF, 407KB)
- List of some of high-risk local roads (XLS, 51KB)
For more information on the guide see:
- Q&As on the High-risk rural roads guide (PDF, 53KB)
Safety management systems
Safety management systems encourage road controlling authorities to adopt safety management systems. These systems ensure that decisions about construction, maintenance and management of road networks, consider safety and help achieve targets and goals identified in national and local road safety strategies.
Learn more about safety management systems.
Public transport, including buses, trains and ferries, is a key mode of transport for thousands of New Zealanders. We’re working to ensure that New Zealand’s public transport networks are managed efficiently, are safe, and provide best value for money on investment. Our key management activities include:
- providing guidance for the development of regional public transport plans
- promoting best practice public transport network design
- developing and implementing urban bus quality standards.
Learn more about how we’re working to improve the effectiveness of public transport.
Our objectives in managing walking and cycling networks are to:
- alleviate congestion
- help improve travel times for all road users
- provide a health, economic and environmentally friendly travel option for New Zealanders.
Learn more about how we’re providing for these facilities.
We develop standards, guidelines and rules to ensure that all the country’s road controlling authorities have the framework and guidance needed to manage the assets and activities on their transport networks consistently. This achieves a safe and seamless national network for road users. A cross-sector steering group - Register of Standards and Guidelines & Traffic Control Devices Steering Group - oversees this work.
Information and resources include:
- NZ Transport Agency register of network standards and guidelines
- Process manual for network standards and guidelines
- the Traffic Control Devices Rule, which provides guidance on industry good practice
- Traffic notes, information for those with an interest in designing, building and managing roads in New Zealand.
Our procurement approach aims to help the land transport sector obtain added value for money from long-term strategic thinking in contracting for projects and services.
Learn more about the NZTA's procurement environment.
We use a strategic and systematic process of operating, maintaining, upgrading and expanding physical assets to manage the effectiveness of transportation assets throughout their life cycle. This work involves applying business and engineering practices to resource allocation and use, to ensure our decisions are based on quality information and well-defined objective, as defined by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Subcommittee on Asset Management.
Activity management plans
Activity management plans are expected to identify the assets required for current and future land transport activities and demonstrate:
- how transport demand will be assessed and managed
- how asset condition will be monitored
- what levels of service are being provided
- what standards have to be met
- how asset maintenance, renewal and replacement will be undertaken (including procurement)
- the estimated future costs associated with providing any identified extra capacity needs and replacement and maintenance of existing assets
- how these land transport activity costs will be met.
- Local Government New Zealand (external link)
- Quality Planning (external link)
- Local Government Act 2002 (external link)
- Matters related to asset management planning arising from the audit of 2006-16 LTCCPs (external link)
- Good practice guidance is available through the International Infrastructure Management Manual and other guides published by the National Asset Management Steering Group (external link)
- Information on the Treasury’s capital asset management review is available (external link)