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:
- Consultation Launch
- Local Government Road Safety Summit in April 2018
- Reference Group process
- Roadshows and further engagement
Key documents (including research reports and background materials) are also linked in the relevant sections below.
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.
- Road to Zero: Consultation document [PDF, 7.9 MB]
- Road to Zero: Summary document (8-pager) [PDF, 630 KB]
- Road to Zero: At a Glance (2-pager) [PDF, 256 KB]
- Explanatory note on the proposed Tackling Unsafe Speeds programme [PDF, 572 KB]
- Cabinet paper: Road Safety Strategy – seeking agreement to consult [PDF, 583 KB]
- Cabinet committee minute [PDF, 176 KB]
- Hon Genter's press release: No loss of life acceptable(external link)
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.
- Cabinet paper: Improving Road Safety in New Zealand(external link)
- Hon Genter's press release: no loss of life acceptable(external link)
- Martin Small Consulting Interim Evaluation of Safer Journeys(external link)
- ITF Zero Road Deaths and Serious Injuries Report(external link)
- A Victoria Transport Policy Institute Report A New Traffic Safety Paradigm(external link)
- Safer Journeys(external link) (current road safety strategy and its associated action plans)
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.
- Hon Genter’s letter to local councils(external link)
- Hon Genter’s invitation to local council representatives(external link)
- Hon Genter's release: Summit identifies actions to improve road safety(external link)
- Hon Genter’s post-summit letter to local council representatives(external link)
- Summit costs(external link)
- Presentation by Brent Johnston, MoT(external link)
- Presentation by Dr Paul Graham, NZTA(external link)
- Report from the Summit(external link)
- Local Government's key concerns around road safety(external link)
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.
- Terms of Reference for Reference Group membership [includes membership list] [PDF, 401 KB]
- An Overview of Road Safety in NZ Data pack [PDF, 2.9 MB]
- Safe system and Vision zero [PDF, 794 KB]
- Vehicles reference group data pack [PDF, 2 MB]
- Vehicles as a workplace reference group data pack [PDF, 903 KB]
- Speed reference group data pack [PDF, 4.1 MB]
- Infrastructure reference group data pack [PDF, 4.5 MB]
- Road User Behaviour reference group data pack [PDF, 2.1 MB]
- NEW Summary report: Outcomes of the reference groups [PDF, 396 KB]
- NEW Outcomes report: speed reference group [PDF, 610 KB]
- NEW Outcomes report: vehicles reference group [PDF, 445 KB]
- NEW Outcomes report: vehicles as a workplace reference group [PDF, 320 KB]
- NEW Outcomes report: road user behaviour reference group [PDF, 305 KB]
- NEW Outcomes report: infrastructure reference group [PDF, 1.1 MB]
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.