Election 2014 - Party Policies - Road Safety

Election 2014 - Party Policies - Road Safety

Road Safety

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  • Provide better rest area facilities and road signs, in areas where fatigue is found to be a major cause of accidents.
  • Ensure better coordination between the NZTA, other road controlling authorities, ACC and the police so that safety issues are integrated into land transport planning and management.
  • Incorporate into transport planning the Vision Zero goal of zero road deaths for people following the road rules.
  • Encourage 'Traffic calming' in order to reduce vehicle speed and improve safety.
  • Oppose increases in maximum truckloads and truck lengths. (more here)

  • Make cycle and pedestrian safety a priority and ensure that legislation, the road code and by-laws are made sufficient to protect all road users.
  • Introduce labour standards into Transport Operator Safety Systems in the trucking industry.
  • Investigate a Safe Rates system for the freight and courier industries, where remuneration levels and methods of contracting are considered as part of the overall safety requirements for drivers.
  • Consider the introduction of rural driver training programmes, especially for young drivers in poorer disadvantaged communities.
  • Expand access to driver testing and licensing into smaller towns where access to a car is the only means of getting to education or work. (more here)

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  • Prioritise 200km of median barriers or safety treatments to be implemented on high volume, high speed roads over the next three years.
  • Require the NZTA to develop a National Safer Cycling Strategy aimed at reducing the number of serious cycling accidents.
  • Require the NZTA to develop a national strategy for speed limit setting that sets out guidelines for local authorities to follow.
  • Make it compulsory for repeat drink drivers or offenders caught at a BAC of 1.5+ to have an alcohol interlock installed in their vehicle immediately.
  • Introduce random saliva-based roadside drug testing. (more here)

  • Legislate for compulsory third party insurance.
  • Maintain the age by which someone may obtain a learner drivers licence at 16.
  • Implement driver education in schools.
  • Institute elements of compulsory practical defensive driving course into the driver licensing system.
  • Toughen penalties for driving while disqualified or without a licence, alcohol or drug-impaired driving, and driving at excessive speeds. (more here)

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