The Safer Journeys strategy
The Safer Journeys strategy identifies the issues that are of most concern. These are the priorities for road safety in New Zealand. It also outlines the high level actions we will take to address these issues, using the Safe System approach.
In developing Safer Journeys, research and the experience in other countries, such as Australia, was considered. Public consultation, on the Safer Journeys discussion document that set out possible actions, was held in 2009. More than 1,500 submissions were received and the feedback was used in the development of the strategy. Read the Summary of Submissions.
Who is reponsible for delivering the strategy?
Safer Journeys will be implemented through a series of action plans which allocate responsibilities to transport sector partners. These are primarily the Ministry of Transport, the NZ Transport Agency, ACC, NZ Police and local government. These plans set out the actions we will take and the expected timings and responsibility for implementation. They will also detail how progress will be monitored and actions evaluated.
Under a Safe System, responsibility is shared between road users and system designers. So, for example:
- road controlling authorities have to design, build and maintain roads and manage speeds to protect responsible road users
- the vehicle industry has to provide safe vehicles and be socially responsible when marketing vehicles to consumers
- central and local governments have to inform and educate New Zealanders about road safety issues; they need to provide effective road safety regulation and adequately fund road safety; they also have a responsibility to integrate safety into decisions about land use
- road users have to take steps to increase their safety, such as complying with road rules, buying the safest car they can afford and being unimpaired by alcohol, drugs, fatigue or distraction
- employers have to ensure their corporate policy and practice supports a positive road safety culture based on a Safe System approach