2016–2020 Action Plan

This is the third and final Action Plan for New Zealand’s road safety strategy for 2010 to 2020. The vision is to establish a safe road system, increasingly free of death and injury, using the Safe System approach.

Significant progress has been made under the two previous Action Plans across all key areas of the Safe System. This includes initiatives such as:

  • raising public awareness through  advertising campaigns
  • lowering blood alcohol levels
  • making our high risk roads safer through rumble strips and median barriers
  • mandating electronic stability control for light vehicles.

Many initiatives will continue as a core part of the policies and decision making of various agencies.

However, there are still areas where progress towards a safe road system needs more momentum. The third Action Plan will renew focus on areas of greatest risk and disproportionate harm, and present opportunities for the use of current and emerging technologies.

In particular, this Action Plan’s focus is to:

  • enable smart and safe choices on the road
  • make motorcycling safer
  • ensure roads and roadsides support safer travel
  • encourage safe vehicles.

Download the Safer Journeys Action Plan 2016-2020

Read the Questions and Answers for Safer Journeys

Read the Why do People Die in Road Crashes report

Read the Associate Minister of Transport's media release.

Safe System

A Safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury