Public consultation on the Road to Zero has now closed. Thanks to everyone who shared their views.

What happens next?

We will now read and analyse all submissions, which will feed into the development of the final road safety strategy and first plan of actions, to be released before the end of the year.


If you have any questions about the development of the strategy, please email us at

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The Road to Zero,

The Government is working on a new road safety strategy to drive substantial improvements in road safety in New Zealand.  It will outline how we will approach the road safety challenges of the next decade and hold ourselves to account to save lives and meaningfully reduce trauma.  The new strategy will replace the current Safer Journeys strategy, which ends at the end of this year.

On average, one person dies on New Zealand’s roads every day and another is injured every hour of every day.  Although road travel in New Zealand has generally got safer in the past four decades, for the past five years we have seen an unprecedented rise in the number of deaths on our roads.

We know that our unforgiving road infrastructure, speed, alcohol, failing to give way or stop, and distraction continue to be the main contributing factors in fatal and serious injury crashes. Everyone makes mistakes, and we have a road system that is unforgiving of human error.

We need to do something differently.

In July and August 2019, the Government sought public feedback on a proposed new approach to road safety. You can read the consultation documents here.