About Safer Journeys

What is Safer Journeys?

Launched in 2010, Safer Journeys is a strategy designed to guide New Zealand's efforts to improve road safety from 2010–2020. Its vision is for: 

“A safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury”

To achieve this it takes a Safe System approach, looking across the entire road system to improve safety by creating safer roads and roadsides, safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer road use. Within these categories, it sets a number of areas of concern where action is needed. 

The Safe System approach recognises that people make mistakes and are vulnerable in a crash. It reduces the price paid for a mistake so crashes don't result in death or serious injuries.

The Safer Journeys strategy was developed by the National Road Safety Committee (NRSC).

Following the release of the Safer Journeys strategy, the NRSC released the Safer Journeys Action Plan 2011 - 2012 which set out the actions to be taken over this time to address the areas of concern. In March 2013 the NRSC released the second Safer Journeys Action Plan 2013-2015.

What's the issue?

Despite substantial progress over the last 30 years, New Zealand still lags behind many other countries in road safety. Every year, hundreds are killed on our roads and nearly 2,900 people are seriously injured . Approximately 13,000 New Zealanders suffer minor injuries as a result of road crashes. We also know that the level of road death and injury suffered by our young people is especially high.

These numbers reflect lives lost and ruined in what are mostly preventable crashes, but they do not show the effect of these crashes on families, the wider community and the health system. Road crashes can also have an economic impact – the annual social cost of crashes is estimated to be $3.8 billion.

What is the National Road Safety Committee?

The National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) is a group of government agencies with responsibilities for road safety.  The NRSC developed and is responsible for implementing the Safer Journeys strategy and Safer Journeys action plans.

More widely, the NRSC is the principal public sector forum for communicating, co-ordinating and agreeing upon top level strategy between agencies on road safety issues.

The NRSC members include the Ministry of Transport, NZ Transport Agency, Police and the Accident Compensation Corporation.  NRSC associate members include Local Government NZ, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, the Ministries of Justice, Health, Education and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Department of Labour).

The organisations that make up the NRSC work with many organisations (public and private sector) with an interest in road safety.