This page contains further information on the launch of the Road to Zero consultation, and the process undertaken to date on the development of the road safety strategy including:

Key documents (including research reports and background materials) are also linked in the relevant sections below.

Launch of the Road to Zero consultation

In July 2019, the Government agreed to consult on the new road safety strategy 2020-2030 and initial actions. Consultation opened on 17 July 2019 and closed on 14 August 2019.

You can read more about the launch of the consultation in the documents below. Additional information, including questions and answers, and a myth-busting document, can be found on our Questions and Answers page.

The process to date – a development timeline

April 2018: Government agrees to development of a new road safety strategy 

In early 2018, the Ministry of Transport and partners began work on a new road safety strategy to 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.

April 2018: Local Government Road Safety Summit

Work on the Strategy began in April 2018 when the Associate Minister of Transport, Hon Julie Anne Genter, held a one-day Local Government Road Safety Summit in Wellington. More than 100 senior local government representatives from across New Zealand took part in the event.

You can read more about the Summit in the documents below.

July – November 2018: Reference Groups

A key early component of the strategy development has been working with five reference groups made up of over 100 representatives from across the sector to provide a range of knowledge, experiences and perspectives to contribute the development of the strategy discussion document.

The groups met four times each and considered Speed, Vehicles, Vehicles as a Workplace, Road User Behaviour, and Infrastructure.

The purpose of the reference groups was to:

  • contribute to an investigation of the current road safety problem
  • review the research, evidence and best practice approaches being used in New Zealand and overseas
  • identify potential opportunities to address these challenges and support a safe road system.

You can read more about the reference groups in the documents below.

October 2018 – April 2019: Roadshows and further engagement

Over the last 19 months, officials from the Ministry of Transport also met with a wide range of people with an interest in road safety, including regional and local road safety groups, industry groups and advocacy groups, and iwi. We sought feedback on a Vision Zero approach and heard a broad range of perspectives and concerns about road safety. There was a clear appetite for substantial change but differing views on pace. Stakeholders called for support to bring the community with us, especially in our regions.

As work on the consultation document developed, officials met with local government representatives and regional stakeholders at 14 roadshows held across the country in March-April 2019. Overall, we received positive feedback on the direction and content of the consultation document, and support for a more ambitious approach. Stakeholders often focused on driver behaviour as a key factor in road safety. Many also noted the importance of speed and were keen to see the streamlining of the processes for setting speed limits. Some stakeholders stressed that the strategy needed to take into account rural needs, issues of equity and access to jobs and services.

Ongoing communication from the public

Transport Ministers and officials have received a substantial number of letters and emails on the subject of road safety since work on the new strategy began. Many correspondents have urged the Government to take additional action to make the road network safer for all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians. There has been a high volume of correspondence reporting unsafe road use, as well as the impacts of high speeds on communities.

Key Policy Documents 

Substantive advice to Ministers relating to the policy development of the road safety strategy, or which capture key decision points in the process, are linked below.