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We have a national and international reputation for providing independent advice on road safety matters, especially when a new way of thinking or approach is required.


We have introduced, developed and contributed to a number of initiatives that will have a significant influence on the shape of road safety in New Zealand for many years to come, including SafetyNET, Urban KiwiRAP, the High-Risk Intersections Guide, the Safer Journeys to Schools Guide, research projects, and other actions arising from Safer Journeys.  We are committed to making every journey as safe as possible


Contact our service leader, Paul Durdin


Safe System Assessments

The Safe System approach to road safety takes a holistic view across the entire transport system to improve safety by creating safer roads and roadsides, safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer road use.  The Safe System approach recognises that people are vulnerable in a crash and aims to minimise the risk of death or serious injury as the price paid for a mistake.  We incorporate the Safe System approach into all road safety assessments to ensure crash risks are identified and appropriately mitigated.

 

Procedures and Guidelines

The traditional approach to road safety in New Zealand has been to focus efforts on reducing crash occurrence at sites with the greatest number of observed crashes.  This reactive approach has often been the subject of criticism by the general public.  “Do we have to wait until someone dies or is seriously injured before this gets fixed?” has been a much too commonly heard phrase.  We are leading the charge in developing analytical procedures and guidelines that shift the focus away from targeting sites where the fatal or serious crashes have occurred in the past to one where they are most likely to occur in the future.

 

Safety Audits

Any proposed changes to the transport network have the potential to change road safety outcomes.  A safety audit is an independent review of a proposed or recently constructed project to identify anything that may affect the safety of any road user.  The safety audits we conduct are proactive examinations of safety performance that are based on the Safe System approach to road safety.  We have experienced auditors in active transport facilities, intersections, rural roads and complex urban environments.

 

Safety Engineering and Design

Road safety forms an intrinsic part of traffic and transportation planning, engineering and management, and must be thoroughly considered during the design stage of any project. Sound engineering practices can help identify and remove hazards, while ongoing monitoring helps ensure continued safety for all road users.  We conduct a wide range of work for government agencies and others involved in network development, including scope approvals for new works, design layout for improved intersections, and crash studies that focus on human behaviour and how engineering solutions can lessen the consequences of those behaviours.

 

Crash Reduction Studies

Sites that have high crash rates often have underlying issues that contribute to poor safety outcomes.  Crash reduction studies not only look for trends and commonalities in crashes but also the role the road and roadside is likely to have played in both observed and potential future crash occurrence.  Safety countermeasures are then developed within this context to have the greatest impact on future road trauma for the safety improvement spend. 

 

Data Analysis

Road controlling authorities put great effort and expense into collecting large quantities of high-quality transport related data.  However, the true value of this data is often unrealised because of the narrow range of applications for which the data is used.  We have a great track record of adding value to the New Zealand Transport Agency, the NZ Police and local government organisations by bringing together a variety of transport datasets and combining it with industry knowledge inside a geospatial environment to improve road safety.