Motor Vehicle Crashes in New Zealand is an annual statistical statement on road crashes in New Zealand. This page reports on the 2016 calendar year.

About this publication

Crash data are derived from Traffic Crash Reports completed by police officers who attend fatal and injury crashes. The detailed information about crash circumstances and causes is extracted from these reports by NZ Transport Agency staff and stored in their Crash Analysis System (CAS). The New Zealand crash data presented in this annual publication is extracted from the information stored in CAS.

For 2016 all of the information is presented as spreadsheets.

Motor Vehicle Crashes in New Zealand 2016

During the 2016 calendar year there were:

  • 286 fatal road crashes
  • 9,682 injury crashes
  • 328 deaths
  • 12,456 people injured

Casualty rates for 2016 were:

  • 0.9 deaths per 10,000 vehicles
  • 34 injuries per 10,000 vehicles
  • 7.0 deaths per 100,000 population
  • 265 injuries per 100,000 population

As well as the road crash statistics from CAS, Motor Vehicle Crashes in New Zealand includes national hospital, breath and blood alcohol, road user behaviour and comparative international statistics which relate to road crashes.

Reported injury crashes 2016

Crash data from police-reported crashes:

National health statistics for road users

Road users hospitalised as a result of motor vehicle crashes.

National health statistics for road users [XLSX, 68 KB]

Breath and blood alcohol statistics

Breath and blood alcohol offence data.

Breath and blood alcohol statistics [XLSX, 77 KB]

Blood alcohol levels for fatally injured drivers

Postmortem blood alcohol test results for drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes.

Blood alcohol levels for fatally injured drivers [XLSX, 72 KB]

International comparisons for road deaths

International comparisons of road deaths for countries that contribute to the OECD’s International Road Traffic and Accident Database.

International comparisons for road deaths [XLSX, 127 KB]

Road user behaviour surveys

Results of surveys of seat belt use, cycle helmet use and driver’s choice of travel speeds.

Road user behaviour surveys [XLSX, 45 KB]

Driver licence and vehicle fleet statistics

Driver licence holders by age and sex and vehicle fleet size.

Driver licence and vehicle fleet statistics [XLSX, 20 KB]

Driver licence data 2001-2016 [XLSX, 97 KB]

New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy serious injury outcome indicators

The New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy (NZIPS) aims to improve the country's injury prevention performance.

NZIPS serious injury outcome indicators [XLSX, 34 KB]