Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Association Supports Road Safety Inquiry

MEDIACOM-RELEASE-

NZ-BITUMEN-CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS TRANSPORT MINISTERS' INQUIRY ON ROAD SAFETY

"Transport Minister Mark Gosche's call for a select committee inquiry into road safety should also include road layout and construction standards because they can (and should) be improved to further reduce the road toll", Dr Bryan Pidwerbesky, Chief Executive of the NZ Bitumen Contractors Association said.

"Roading contractors are often frustrated by road authorities specifying rehabilitation or resealing work on a section of road that is obviously unsafe, while safety could be improved at the same time for very small extra cost, but the safety improvements are not included in the work."

For example, a tortuous winding section of road with sharp curves, unsafe alignment or poor sight distance (for drivers overtaking) may be resurfaced without sufficient attention given to improving the road alignment or layout for safer driving. The marginal cost of doing the extra safety improvement work at the same time should be investigated.

"Recently, visiting roading experts from Australia and Canada have praised NZ for its road management initiatives and road construction technology, but also commented that highway alignment and geometrics in New Zealand could be improved, to provide safer roads for the users", said Dr Pidwerbesky.

Additional savings for road users (and the national economy) would include lower fuel consumption, less wear and tear on vehicles (especially tyres, suspensions and windscreens), less traffic delay because less maintenance is required, less discomfort and reduced emissions.

The contractors association also supports the Labour government's pledge to review the roading benefit/cost formula.

New Zealand rations the limited funds available for roads among all road projects by funding only those projects that have a benefit - cost ratio of at least 4. In other words, we only invest in road projects that provide benefits that are at least 4 times the costs. In addition, the economic analysis of roading projects discounts the future value of benefits (such as road user vehicle operation costs and accidents) using a high rate of 10%,while other Western countries such as Australia, Canada and the USA use more reasonable rates of 4% to 8%. A Benefit/Cost ratio cut off of 4 combined with a discount rate of 10% is equivalent to an extremely high annual compound rate of return on an investment, in the 40% to 65% range!

"The nation could be investing more in roads, including safety improvements, that could return New Zealanders at least 40% per year on invested capital".

ENDS....

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news