This page contains further information on the development of Road to Zero, and the process undertaken including:

  • the Local Government Road Safety Summit in April 2018
  • the reference group process
  • roadshows and further engagement
  • the public consultation process

Development of Road to Zero – a timeline

April 2018: Government agrees to development of a new road safety strategy 

In early 2018, the Ministry of Transport and partners began work on a new road safety strategy to outline how we will approach the road safety challenges of the next decade and hold ourselves to account to save lives and meaningfully reduce trauma.

April 2018: Local Government Road Safety Summit

Work on the Strategy began in April 2018 when the Associate Minister of Transport, Hon Julie Anne Genter, held a one-day Local Government Road Safety Summit in Wellington. More than 100 senior local government representatives from across New Zealand took part in the event.

You can read more about the Summit in the documents below.

July – November 2018: Reference Groups

A key early component of the strategy development has been working with five reference groups made up of over 100 representatives from across the sector to provide a range of knowledge, experiences and perspectives to contribute the development of the strategy discussion document.

The groups met four times each and considered Speed, Vehicles, Vehicles as a Workplace, Road User Behaviour, and Infrastructure.

The purpose of the reference groups was to:

  • contribute to an investigation of the current road safety problem
  • review the research, evidence and best practice approaches being used in New Zealand and overseas
  • identify potential opportunities to address these challenges and support a safe road system.

You can read more about the reference groups in the documents below.

October 2018 – April 2019: Roadshows and further engagement

From October 2018 – April 2019, officials from the Ministry of Transport also met with a wide range of people with an interest in road safety, including regional and local road safety groups, industry groups and advocacy groups, and iwi. We sought feedback on a Vision Zero approach and heard a broad range of perspectives and concerns about road safety. There was a clear appetite for substantial change but differing views on pace. Stakeholders called for support to bring the community with us, especially in our regions.

As work on the consultation document developed, officials met with local government representatives and regional stakeholders at 14 roadshows held across the country in March-April 2019. Overall, we received positive feedback on the direction and content of the consultation document, and support for a more ambitious approach. Stakeholders often focused on driver behaviour as a key factor in road safety. Many also noted the importance of speed and were keen to see the streamlining of the processes for setting speed limits. Some stakeholders stressed that the strategy needed to take into account rural needs, issues of equity and access to jobs and services.


July 2019 – August 2019: Public consultation on Road to Zero 

In July 2019, the Government agreed to consult on the new road safety strategy 2020-2030 and initial actions. Consultation opened on 17 July 2019 and closed on 14 August 2019. Over 1,000 submissions were received through the public consultation process, with the majority of submitters broadly supportive of the strategy and action plan. It was clear through consultation that New Zealanders care deeply about the number of people being killed and seriously injured on our roads, and about the negative impact that poor road safety has on people’s travel choices.

You can read more about the consultation, including what we heard from submissions, in the documents below.

September 2019 – November 2019: Finalisation of Road to Zero 

In November 2019, the Government agreed to publish Road to Zero: New Zealand’s road safety strategy for 2020-2030 and the initial three-year action plan. The final documents were informed by the feedback received through public consultation.

Ongoing communication from the public

Transport Ministers and officials also receive a substantial number of letters and emails on the subject of road safety every month. Many correspondents have urged the Government to make the road network safer for all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians. We also receive a high volume of correspondence reporting unsafe road use, as well as the impacts of high speeds on communities.

Key policy documents

Substantive advice to Ministers relating to the policy development of the road safety strategy, or which capture key decision points in the process, are linked below.

Documents proactively released in January 2020


Documents proactively released in September 2019