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.
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.
An advisory committee, made up of representatives from the Transport Agency, ACC, NZ Police and the AA will be responsible for setting the direction of the Community Road Safety Fund and make funding decisions.
A portion of the profits from the sale of personalised plates provides the funds for the Community Road Safety Fund.
Two major projects are currently funded by the Community Road Safety Fund. They are:
These programmes involve the Transport Agency and AA, together with local councils and community groups in the regions they are run, to help certain young drivers get the experience they need to become safer drivers and gain their restricted driving licence. As a result of two successful pilots, ongoing programmes are currently being delivered in a range of locations including Porirua and Te Kuiti, while planning for other locations is underway. Delivery of these programmes is also made possible with the generous support of Chevron New Zealand who markets the Caltex brand.
This guide is the result of the lessons we have learned in implementing the driver mentor programme. The Transport Agency and the AA are unable to run the programme in all communities, but are happy to share this guide with those who may wish to run a driver mentor programme in their region independently of the Transport Agency and the AA.
At a minimum, the following resources are required to implement a programme based on this model:
a coordinator, based in the community the programme is being run, to manage the programme
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.
There are three parts to this programme:
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. The trial was extended to increase the number of signs at rural schools to 23 sites.
Assessing the degree of road safety risk around all rural schools and identifying actions to improve safety at the highest risk ones.
Publishing a Safer journeys for rural schools guide which could be used by schools and road controlling authorities to assess, and if necessary improve, road safety at rural schools.
For more information about the Community Road Safety Fund and its current projects, contact the coordinator.
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