Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Statement on Today's Level Crossing Collision

27 February 2014

Today’s level crossing collision is a tragic reminder of the risks and care that motorists need to take around railway crossings, according to TrackSAFE NZ.

“All level crossing collisions are traumatic for everyone, and our thoughts are with all those involved as well as the families of those affected, and the driver of the train,” says Foundation Manager Megan Drayton.

She says earlier in the year TrackSAFE reminded motorists of the care needed around level crossings, following a spate of near collisions.

“In the past year alone there have been 23 recorded incidents of near collisions with heavy vehicles,” says Ms Drayton.

Two of these incidents involved petrol tankers almost driving into trains.

“We would really urge all motorists, and particularly heavy vehicle users, to obey the signs and signals at level crossings, and to always ensure the railway line is clear of trains before proceeding across the crossing.

“It’s also particularly important for heavy vehicle users to ensure there is room for their vehicle on the other side when moving across the level crossing, so that they don’t end up trapped on the crossing.”

TrackSAFE NZ is a rail safety charity that aims to raise awareness about safety around the railway. TrackSAFE NZ was previously known as the Chris Cairns Foundation, before it amalgamated with Australian harm prevention charity TrackSAFE in October 2013.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river.

“Despite an explicit assurance from Minister Smith that the new water standards would provide for human and ecosystem health, he has failed to deliver on either of these things,” says Forest & Bird CEO Kevin Hague. More>>

 
 

Mayor: 750 New Social And Affordable Homes For Wellington

The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

22/2: Christchurch Quake Memorial Unveiled

A city, a region, a nation and an international community impacted by the Canterbury Earthquakes will come together to mark the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and dedicate Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. More>>

ALSO:


November Quakes:

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics. More>>

ALSO:

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:


Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news