‘Significantly reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries that occur on the transport network is a key priority for GPS 2018.’ – GPS 2018
A land transport system that is a safe system, free of death and serious injury.
Nobody should die or be seriously injured as the result of the land transport system. However, road deaths have increased from 253 in 2013 to 380 in 2017, while the total number of deaths and serious injuries has increased from 2,215 to 3,185 during the same period.
Reversing New Zealand’s current trauma trends requires a transport system that is designed and operated for people, and one that considers their safety as the top priority.
The GPS 2018 reﬂects a signiﬁcant lift in ambition for improving the safety of the land transport system. The NLTP responds to this by proposing a programme of initiatives that:
GPS 2018 supports investment in safety improvements on state highways and local roads – targeting investment at roads and roadsides that will have the greatest impact on reducing deaths and serious injuries.
The Transport Agency is working with local government to sharpen core asset management practices through increased use of lower cost safety interventions such as improving skid resistance, improving signs and markings (including rumble strips), targeted seal widening, and maintaining cycling and pedestrian facilities to make routes safer for all modes.
There is an increase in investment in road safety through the 2018–21 NLTP, particularly through the introduction of the Safe Networks programme. The Transport Agency will work closely with local government and its road safety partners to deliver the programme, concentrating on high-risk routes across New Zealand.
Safe Networks will focus on safe roads and roadsides, safe and appropriate speeds and safe level crossings. These actions will make roads more forgiving of human error, which will lower trauma rates. This will be complemented by continued investment in road safety maintenance, advertising and education, road policing, and public transport, all of which support improved safety outcomes.
Interventions will typically include median and roadside barriers, intersection improvements such as roundabouts, measures to improve safety for motorcycles, safety enhancements for walking and cycling such as better lane separation, and speed management. This will make roads and roadsides more forgiving in the event of human error or mechanical fault, and will protect vulnerable users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
GPS 2018 supports investment in state highways and local roads to accelerate the implementation of the new Speed management guide, focusing on treating the top 10 percent of the network which will result in the greatest reduction of death and serious injury as quickly as possible.
Speed affects both the likelihood of a crash and the severity of crash outcomes. Achieving safe and appropriate speeds across the network results in signiﬁcant safety gains for all road users.
During the next three years, the Transport Agency will:
GPS 2018 supports investment in initiatives to improve road user behaviour and community understanding of road safety through the road safety promotion activity class.
The Transport Agency will continue to invest in advertising and other behavioural change programmes to help the community understand and support the need for infrastructure improvements, speed management and other road safety initiatives.
The 2018–21 NLTP’s education and advertising programme will support police enforcement activities and address a number of themes, including distraction, fatigue, young drivers and motorcycling.
The Transport Agency will invest in an evidence-based national advertising and education campaign to help build public understanding and support for safer speeds, and are working with the NZ Police to co ordinate the enhanced ﬁxed safety camera programme and consider the introduction of point-to-point cameras.
Other activities include the BikeReady programme, which provides cyclists with the skills and experience they need to feel safe on our transport network, and exploring innovative ways for advertising campaigns to reach people who persistently don’t wear seatbelts.
The GPS 2018 supports investment in effective enforcement activity to promote safe behaviour by road users.
The Transport Agency, Ministry of Transport and NZ Police have formed a road safety partnership to implement a new operating model and a new investment and funding approach to support joined-up delivery of the Road Safety Partnership Programme. The partnership will promote safe behaviour by road users and support greater uptake of technology needed to support the sector wide focus on safe speeds to reduce avoidable harm.
The 2018–21 Road Safety Partnership Programme will support the police to achieve their operational target of a 5 percent reduction in road deaths each year to 2030. Police will take an enforcement and prevention approach targeted to highest risk, including:
GPS 2018 supports investment in improving the vehicle fleet.
Recent research shows that improving the proportion of light vehicles with high safety ratings will reduce road trauma:
Improving the proportion of light vehicles with high safety ratings will reduce road trauma. The Transport Agency is developing an integrated communications programme, in partnership with the vehicle industry, to: