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What you need to know

Released in late 2019, Road to Zero was a previous Government’s road safety strategy. The strategy included a vision for a New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes, and a targeted a 40% reduction in death and serious injuries (from 2018 levels) by 2030.

An action plan accompanied the strategy, setting out actions to be delivered with our road safety partners across five focus areas: infrastructure improvements and speed management, road user choices, vehicle safety, work-related safety and system management.  Annual monitoring reports were prepared to report on progress in implementing the strategy and actions. 

The work to date

Feb 2024

Update on Road to Zero

Road to Zero will be replaced with an objectives document that sets out the National/ACT/NZ First Coalition government’s road safety priorities.

Road to Zero remains in place until the Government has released a new objectives document.                     


Ministerial Oversight Group

Each quarter, the Ministerial Oversight Group meets to get a progress report on Road to Zero. Quarterly progress reports are prepared for each meeting. These have been released under the Official Information Act, and further reports will be proactively uploaded once available.

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Sep 2022

Study of Road Trauma Evidence and Data published

The SORTED study intends to provide a more comprehensive view of trauma from road crashes by linking datasets across transport and health agencies.

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Jul 2022

Road to Zero Annual Monitoring Report 2021

Jan 2022

Independent review of Road to Zero road safety investment released

Aug 2021

Road to Zero Annual Monitoring Report 2020 published

This report is the first of 10 annual monitoring reports on Road to Zero. It reports on progress made in the first year of implementing the strategy, and actions that have been taken in 2020.

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Sep 2019–Mar 2019

Road to Zero finalised and launched

In November 2019, the Government agreed to publish the Road to Zero strategy for 2020–2030 and the initial 3-year action plan. We published the strategy and plan in December 2019.

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Jul 2019–Aug 2019

Road to Zero strategy consultation

The Government agreed to consult on the new road safety strategy and proposed actions. Over 1,000 submissions were received through the public consultation process, with the majority of submitters broadly supportive of the strategy and action plan.

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Oct 2018–Apr 2019

Stakeholder engagement sought

Over several months we met with a wide range of people with an interest in road safety, including regional and local road safety groups, industry and advocacy groups, and iwi. We heard a broad range of perspectives and concerns about road safety. Stakeholders clearly wanted substantial change but held different views about how and when change should happen.

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Jul 2018–Nov 2018

Reference groups met

We worked with 5 reference groups made up of over 100 representatives from across the transport sector. They provided a range of knowledge, experiences and perspectives that contributed to the development of the strategy discussion document.

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Apr 2018

Local Government Road Safety Summit held

The Associate Minister of Transport held a 1-day Local Government Road Safety Summit in Wellington for more than 100 senior local government representatives from across New Zealand.

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