Waka Kotahi is committed to Road to Zero, a safer Aotearoa New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads. This includes keeping our road workers and road users safe when our roads are not in normal use, such as repairs or managing traffic at events.
We believe every road worker and road user should go home safely. However, each year approximately 10 road workers or road users are killed and around 30 road workers and road users are seriously injured at temporary traffic management sites.
Manging risks at these sites means either eliminating the risks or, where that is not possible, minimising the impacts. For example, this could be achieved by providing real-time information and guidance to drivers, or by reducing the time people spend in high-risk environments. It could also be achieved by removing or reducing the consequences of any incident, so what might have resulted in a fatal or serious injury, instead results in a minor injury or a near-miss.
We are looking for innovative solutions to better protect our road workers and road users.
Round two will open for applications on 20 February 2023 and close 24 March 2023.