Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
License needed for work use Register

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

 

Government Changes To Speed Limit Rules Will Harm Not Help.

The Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) urges the New Zealand government to implement evidence-based research following the amendments to speed limit regulations, announced by Transport Minister Simeon Brown recently.

This call to action comes in response to rising concerns about the correlation between speed and the frequency and severity of road crashes. Evidence-based research consistently demonstrates the critical role of reduced speed limits in enhancing better road safety outcomes.

A wealth of research consistently shows that speed is a major factor in road crash occurrences and outcomes. According to a report by the World Health Organization, a 5% cut in average speed can result in a 30% reduction in the number of fatal road crashes. Studies indicate that with each 1 km/h reduction in speed, there is a 2-3% decline in road crashes.*


Death rates on New Zealand’s roads are among the highest in developed countries as seen in the World Health Organization, Global Status Report on Road Safety 2023, released on 13 December 2023.

"Ignoring international best practice is a backward step no matter how you look at it. It will not boost productivity and economic growth as claimed - it will only lead to more harm and trauma on our roads," ACRS NZ Co-Chair Paul Durdin said.

This government has stepped back twenty years with this decision, which will result in more death and serious injury on New Zealand's roads which already costs the New Zealand economy $4.4 billion every year.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

Evidence-based speed management involves not just setting appropriate speed limits but also implementing strategies for road design and infrastructure, compliance, enforcement, and effective communication to road users. It is imperative that the New Zealand government considers these factors in their approach to road safety, rather than the populist approach we have seen from Minister Brown.

The ACRS pleads with the New Zealand government to take an evidence-based approach to setting and enforcing speed limits.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On National Spreading Panic About The Economy


It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is... Then how come New Zealand has enjoyed a double AA+ credit rating from the international rating agencies for so long? If we have truly been in the thrall of incompetent tax, spend and borrow extremists for the past six years, how come our net government debt burden is only in the middling average of OECD countries, and how come our government debt-to-GDP ratio – however you measure it – is less than half the average for the Asia-Pacific region?..
More


 
 


Labour: Grant Robertson To Retire From Parliament
Labour List MP and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson will retire from Parliament next month, and later in the year take up the position of Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago... More

Government: Budget Will Be Delivered On 30 May

Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence, and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, says Nicola Willis... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.