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Community Road Safety Fund

Our 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 through funding, in partnership with others, 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.

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.

Current projects

Four major projects are currently being funded by the Community Road Safety Fund.

Community Driver Mentor Programme and the Community Learner Driver Programme

These two programmes seek 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.

Following two successful pilot programmes, a number of communities have been selected to implement the programmes: Porirua, Te Kuiti, Christchurch East, South Auckland, Gisborne, and Northland. These six programmes involve the Transport Agency, the AA, local councils and community groups. Delivery of these programmes is also made possible through the generous sponsorship of Chevron New Zealand (who markets the Caltex brand) and Hyundai New Zealand.

The Transport Agency and the AA cannot run the programmes in all communities, so have produced the following guide to help communities run a Driver Mentor Programme on their own.

Download the Community Driver Mentor Programme, a guide for community programme providers and also check out this video (external link) describing how the programme model works.

Please 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.

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.

In the three decades since SADD began at Mahurangi College in Warkworth, a lot has happened to reduce the harm caused on our roads by drunk drivers:

  • law changes
  • steadily increasing enforcement and efforts to target dangerous driving behaviours
  • penalties for drunk drivers have increased
  • national campaigns have helped raise the consciousness of the public
  • the media has taken this issue to heart and reported on it widely
  • information has become readily available and statistics are in the public domain. 

At a student-level, SADD has been a constant presence in working to educate and drive culture change amongst youth about drunk driving and other dangerous driving issues.

This multi-layered and community-wide approach has certainly improved the outcome for New Zealanders, with alcohol-related fatal crashes dropping 69% and the associated deaths reduced by 68% in the three decades since 1986. (external link)

Rural schools road safety programme

The Transport Agency has been supporting this programme since 2013 to improve road safety around New Zealand’s rural schools. There are three 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 rural schools and identifying actions to improve safety at the highest risk ones.
  3. Publishing a Safer Journeys for Rural Schools Guide which can be used by schools and road controlling authorities to assess, and if necessary improve, road safety at rural schools.

More information about the rural schools safety programme is available here, and by reading and the Associate Transport Minister’s media release (external link) .

Refugee Driver Licencing

The Community Road Safety Fund is also supporting Refugees as Survivors to provide Road Safety Education sessions at the Mangere National Refugee reception centre for newly arrived refugees. The Fund is also helping some refugees to gain their Learner Drivers Licence. (external link)

Research reports from the former Road Safety Trust

Annual reports of the former Road Safety Trust

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