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Community Road Safety Fund

The  Community Road Safety Fund works with other organisations to support community-based road safety initiatives. It evolved from the Road Safety Trust, a former Crown-established charitable trust, which was wound up in June 2013.

Purpose of the Community Road Safety Fund

The Community Road Safety Fund contributes to a safer road system by working in  partnership with others, to support value-for-money, high impact community projects which might not otherwise occur.

Community Road Safety Fund Advisory Committee

An Advisory Group, made up of representatives from the Transport Agency, ACC, NZ Police, the Safe and Sustainable Transport Association, and the AA, will be responsible for setting the direction of the Community Road Safety Fund and making investment decisions. The Advisory Group does not take or accept applications for funding.

Funding the Community Road Safety Fund

A portion of the profits from the sale of personalised plates provides the funds for the Community Road Safety Fund.

Kiwiplates is the sole provider of personalised number plates in New Zealand. Visit the Kiwiplates website for more information(external link)

Current projects

The significant  projects which are currently being funded by the Community Road Safety Fund include:

Community Driver Mentor Programme model

The Transport Agency and the AA developed the Community Driver Mentor and Learner Programme (CDMP) to address some of the barriers young people face when trying to get their restricted drivers licence, such as access to a safe car and petrol, or an appropriate mentor to give them the driving practice they need.

A number communities have successfully established this programme model to support young learner drivers. 

For more information about how the CDMP model works and how to set one up in your community download the Community Driver Mentor Programme, a guide for community programme providers.

Check out this video describing how the programme model works:

Note that at a minimum the following resources are required to implement a programme based on the guide:

  • A coordinator to manage the programme, based in the community where the programme is being run
  • Office space and equipment for the coordinator role
  • A car and secure storage for it
  • Budget for petrol, professional driving lessons, and mentor training lessons.

To find out if there is a community driver programme or other support in your area, contact your local council.

Students Against Dangerous Driving (SADD)

The Transport Agency is the principal funder of SADD, which is an entirely student led initiative throughout secondary schools nationwide. SADD seeks to address the culture around dangerous driving by educating and empowering each new generation of young people to make healthier, safer and better choices.

Since starting at Mahurangi College in Warkworth in 1985, SADD's student led peer to peer approach now reaches thousands of students across secondary schools throughout New Zealand.

Visit the SADD website for more information(external link)

Safer Journeys for Schools road safety programme

The Transport Agency has been supporting this programme since 2013 to improve road safety around New Zealand’s schools. There are four main parts of the programme:

  1. A trial of variable speed limit signs to reduce the speed of traffic travelling past a number of rural schools where there is an identified risk from turning traffic and/or to pedestrians. Following a successful pilot at seven schools, the trial was extended to 23 rural schools.
  2. Assessing the degree of road safety risk around all schools and identifying actions to improve safety at the highest risk locations.
  3. Publishing a Safer Journeys for Schools Guide which can be used by schools and road controlling authorities to assess, and if necessary improve, road safety around schools, both urban and rural.
  4. Co-investing with Road Controlling Authorities in safety improvements at some of the highest risk school environments.

Visit Safer Journeys for Schools road safety programme for more information and resources.

Research reports from the former Road Safety Trust