Rising road toll requires commitment to Vision Zero road safety plan

The next government needs to commit to a goal of zero harm on our roads to address the rapidly rising numbers of people being killed on them, the Green Party said today.

The next government needs to commit to a goal of zero harm on our roads to address the rapidly rising numbers of people being killed on them, the Green Party said today.

There have been 282 road deaths this year, 38 more than this time last year. Road deaths have been trending upwards since 2013 when a total of 253 people were killed for the full year. Road deaths in heavy vehicle crashes have also spiked upwards to levels not seen since 2007.

“New Zealand is heading towards its fourth consecutive rise in the road toll this year despite record spending on our roads,” said Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter.

“Too many people are dying on our roads despite our cars getting safer and our speeds getting slower.

“The previous National Government has spent too much of the transport budget on a few Roads of National Significance and not enough on funding the kind of safety improvements on and around our roads that can lead to a significantly lower road toll. For example, Operation Lifesaver was an alternative to the Puhoi to Wellsford highway that could have been implemented sooner saving lives.

“Many other countries have adopted the goal of reaching a zero road toll which means they start implementing sooner the sorts of improvements to roads that save lives, like safe speeds around schools.

“Road deaths involving heavy vehicles have been rising rapidly, up 63 percent since 2013. A commitment by government to moving greater amounts of freight by rail and sea would help save lives on our roads,” said Ms Genter.

Action

Support our Climate Action Plan for bigger bolder climate action

We agree with all five of the School Strike for Climate's demands. Read more and sign the petition.
Take Action

Action

Show your support to end housing inequality

New Zealand’s housing market is becoming increasingly divided between people who own their own homes and those forced to rent for life...
Take Action

Latest Transport Announcements

Story

New road safety investment and action plan to save lives

The Government will boost investment in road safety upgrades and road policing tools as part of its new Road to Zero strategy and initial action pl...
Read More

Story

Roadside Drug Testing to be Introduced

Police will be given new powers to conduct random roadside oral fluid drug testing to deter, detect and prosecute drugged drivers in order to save ...
Read More

Story

Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers

Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissio...
Read More

Story

NZ to Join IMO Convention to Reduce Ship Emissions

New Zealand will sign up to new international maritime regulations to reduce ship emissions and lift air quality around ports and harbours, Associa...
Read More

Policy

Reducing our climate emissions

We’re focused on reducing our climate emissions and building a global consensus on protecting our climate for future generations. We are working ha...
See More

Story

Safer speed limits for schools

The Government is delivering on its commitment to make streets safer for kids to walk and cycle to school, by reducing speed limits to a maximum of...
Read More