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 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.
A portion of the profits from the sale of personalised plates provides the funds for the Community Road Safety Fund.
Four major projects are currently being funded by the Community Road Safety Fund.
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.
Please note that at a minimum the following resources are required to implement a programme based on the guide:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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