What you need to know
On average, 1 person is killed every day on New Zealand roads and another 7 are seriously injured. Deaths or serious injuries should not be an inevitable cost of travelling. The Road to Zero strategy sets out our vision for a New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes. It includes guiding principles for how we design the road network and make road safety decisions, and sets our targets for 2030. It defines the 5 areas we want to focus on over the next decade and includes a framework for how we will hold ourselves to account. Our initial action plan has 15 items — and work on these is currently underway.
Our previous road safety strategy was Safer Journeys, which had made some progress but was not implemented as intended. Although it was based on a sound approach and compelling evidence, it did not have sufficient buy-in, investment, leadership and accountability to achieve a significant reduction in deaths and injuries. Based on this, in April 2018 we began working with our transport partners on the Road to Zero road safety strategy to support a significant and sustained improvement in road safety outcomes.
Road to Zero finalised and launched
In November 2019, the Government agreed to publish the Road to Zero strategy for 2020–2030 and the initial 3-year action plan. We published the strategy and plan in December 2019.
Road to Zero strategy consultation
The Government agreed to consult on the new road safety strategy and proposed actions. Over 1,000 submissions were received through the public consultation process, with the majority of submitters broadly supportive of the strategy and action plan.
Stakeholder engagement sought
Over several months we met with a wide range of people with an interest in road safety, including regional and local road safety groups, industry and advocacy groups, and iwi. We heard a broad range of perspectives and concerns about road safety. Stakeholders clearly wanted substantial change but held different views about how and when change should happen.
Reference groups met
We worked with 5 reference groups made up of over 100 representatives from across the transport sector. They provided a range of knowledge, experiences and perspectives that contributed to the development of the strategy discussion document.
Local Government Road Safety Summit held
The Associate Minister of Transport held a 1-day Local Government Road Safety Summit in Wellington for more than 100 senior local government representatives from across New Zealand.