About Safer Journeys

What was Safer Journeys?

Launched in 2010, Safer Journeys was a strategy designed to guide New Zealand's efforts to improve road safety from 2010–2020. Our vision was for: 

“A safe road system free of death and serious injury”

It took a Safe System approach across the entire road system, to improve safety by creating safer roads and roadsides, safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer road use.

The Safe System approach recognises that people make mistakes and are vulnerable in a crash. It reduces the price paid for a mistake so crashes don't result in death or serious injuries.

The Safer Journeys strategy was developed by the National Road Safety Committee (NRSC).

Following the release of the Safer Journeys strategy, the NRSC released the Safer Journeys Action Plan 2011-2012. In March 2013 the second Safer Journeys Action Plan 2013-2015 was released and in May 2016 the third and final Safer Journeys Action Plan 2016-2020 was released.


What is the National Road Safety Committee?

The National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) is a group of government agencies with responsibilities for road safety.  The NRSC developed and was responsible for implementing the Safer Journeys strategy and Safer Journeys action plans.

More widely, the NRSC is the principal public sector forum for communicating, co-ordinating and agreeing upon top level strategy between agencies on road safety issues.

The NRSC members include the Ministry of Transport, NZ Transport Agency, Police and the Accident Compensation Corporation.  NRSC associate members include Local Government NZ, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, the Ministries of Justice, Health, Education and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Department of Labour).

The organisations that make up the NRSC work with many organisations (public and private sector) with an interest in road safety.