Road Transport Updates
There are a number of significant road rule changes coming through in 2012 that will affect all drivers, riders, pedestrians and cyclists in New Zealand.
To find out more about these (and ongoing) changes visit the below websites:
AA Research Foundation
Preventing injuries on the road
National Land Transport Programme Regional tables of activities
These tables list the approved and potential NZTA investment in programmes and projects by region and organisation. They include NZTA nationally-delivered activities. The current version is updated daily.
Find details of the National Land Transport Programme snapshot and tables
How can I get a copies of Plans and Strategies?
A copy of the Northland Regional Road Safety Plan 2009-2012 is available in the Transport Publications Road Safety section of our Resource Library.
The 30 Year Transport Strategy for Northland is available in the Transport Publications section of our Resource Library.
Download the Northland Regional Road Safety Plan poster (656 KB)
Newsletter - Road Safety News
Find details of road safety programs and initiatives in the Road Safety News newsletter
Embedding the Safe System Approach to Road Safety
The Safe System approach aims to create a forgiving road system based on these four principles:
PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES
We need to recognise that people make mistakes and some crashes are inevitable.
PEOPLE ARE VULNERABLE
Our bodies have a limited ability to withstand crash forces without being seriously injured or killed.
WE NEED TO SHARE RESPONSIBILITY
System designers and people who use the roads must all share responsibility for creating a road system where crash forces do not result in death or serious injury.
WE NEED TO STRENGTHEN ALL PARTS OF THE SYSTEM
We need to improve the safety of all parts of the system – roads and roadsides, speeds, vehicles, and road use so that if one part fails, other parts will still protect the people involved.
Download the Safe System Approach to Road Safety (436 KB)
Driving on the beach - Safe Beach Driving
Four-wheel drives, dune buggies and motorbikes are an increasingly common sight on our beaches. People drive on the beach for a variety of reasons, including reaching a favourite fishing spot, speeding on the hard sand or climbing up and down the dunes.
Find out how to drive on the beach safely and what rules apply
Holiday driving tips
NZTA have provided some handy tips on their website for safe driving over holiday periods.
Visit the New Zealand Transport Agency website
Police safety tips - safety in the car
The NZ Police have produced a series of safety tips including these guidelines prepared by the Police Community Relations Section in consultation with various community groups. While presented with the safety of women in mind, these suggestions can equally apply to any driver.
Find the safety in the car guidelines on the NZ Police website
Report a bad driver - Community Roadwatch
The NZ Police have created a form where you can report the unsafe or risky driving behaviour you have observed and do not wish the offender to be prosecuted. The Police will regard your report as confidential.
Complete the NZ Police online form to report a bad driver
Road death statistics
New Zealand road toll statistics covering road fatalities and fatal crashes, are updated daily on the NZTA website.
Find the statistics on the New Zealand Transport Agency website
Driver check for employers
Driver check is a NZ Transport Agency service that enables the status of driver licences to be queried by authorised users. Find out how this can work for you as an employer, and get registration details for the servce.
Find Driver Check on the New Zealand Transport Agency website
Stolen Vehicle Check
Limitations of the Stolen Vehicle Data
Users of this information should be aware of the following limitations:
- stolen vehicle information listed here is a snapshot of data taken from the Police Vehicle of Interest database and is updated three times per day. There can be a brief delay in stolen vehicles appearing and in recovered vehicles being cleared from the list
- some vehicles listed as stolen will have been located but Police haven’t been advised
- this data does not include lost or stolen registration plates
Check to see if a vehicle is listed as stolen via the Stolen Vehicles Database
Using the tools on the ‘Rightcar’ web site, you can search cars’ performance on fuel economy, driver safety, others’ safety, carbon dioxide (CO2) emmissions and air pollution. All of which should help when it comes to choosing the right car for you.
For more information visit the Rightcar website at: www.rightcar.co.nz
Driver Mobile Phone Distraction Intervention
Vodafone DriveSafe is a free text service that helps to keep you safe from text distractions while driving.
When you’re about to get into your car, you send a free text to Vodafone (freeTXT Drive On to 760), so that whilst you’re driving, anyone who texts you gets an automatic reply that tells them that you’re driving and can’t reply. Once you’ve arrived at your destination you can switch this functionality off
(freeTXT Drive Off to 760).
DriveSafe is only available to all Vodafone customers - both on account and prepaid. However, DriveSafe will respond to all texts no matter what network they are sending it from.
For more information, visit Vodafone DriveSafe
Road safety advertising calendar
Download the NZTA Road Safety Advertising Calendar 2012/13 (93 KB)
How do I contact our Road Safety Representatives?
Road Safety Development, Far North District
Ph: 09 408 1380 ext 704
Mob: 021 420 257
Road Safety Development, Far North District
Ph: 09 408 1380 ext 709
Far North Reap
33 Puckey Avenue
PO Box 200
Road Safety Coordinator
Whangarei and Kaipara Districts
Northland Road Safety Trust
PO Box 1124
Mob: 027 4938 703
Transport Projects Officer
Northland Regional Council
36 Water Street
Private Bag 9021, Whāngārei Mail Centre
Ph: 09 438 4639