Auckland Transport (AT) is adopting the Safe System approach which targets all elements of road safety for all road users.
Vision Zero, an ethics-based transport safety approach, was developed in Sweden in the late 1990s. It places responsibility on the people who design and operate the transport system to provide a safe system. This is a transport system that is built for human beings, that acknowledges that people make mistakes and human bodies are vulnerable to high-impact forces in the event of a crash. To protect people from forces that can cause traumatic injury we need to look at how the whole system works together to protect all those who use our roads.
No death or serious injury is acceptable
A New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes
Road to zero consultation document 2019
Reduce deaths and serious injuries by 60% on AT roads by 2027
A safe land transport system, free from death and serious injury
A safe transport network, free from death and serious injury
Auckland plan 2050
Programme status: Implementation
Programme zone: Region-wide
Vision Zero for Tāmaki-Makaurau Auckland is an ambitious new transport safety vision that states that there will be no deaths or serious injuries on our transport system by 2050.
The Safe System approach acknowledges that as people we all make mistakes; a mistake should not mean someone dies or is seriously injured on our roads. It’s also an approach that values everyone using the road, not just those in vehicles. It is about caring for more vulnerable road users like people walking or cycling, children and the elderly. Vision Zero is the international benchmark for transport safety.
- Vision Zero for Tāmaki Makaurau Transport Safety Strategy and Action Plan to 2030 (PDF 1.8MB, 29 pages).
- Vision Zero so far 2020 (PDF 9.4MB, 28 pages).
- Auckland at a glance (PDF 2MB, 8 pages).
- Vision Zero at a glance (PDF 1.8MB).
People shouldn't die or be seriously injured in transport journeys.
System designers are ultimately responsible for the safety level in the entire system - systems, design, maintenance and use. Everyone needs to show respect, good judgement and follow rules. If injury still occurs because of lack of knowledge, acceptance or ability, then system designers must take further action to prevent people being killed or seriously injured.
System designers must accept that people make mistakes and people are vulnerable.
We need to look at the whole system and develop combinations of solutions and all work together to ensure sage outcomes.
We want a transport system that prioritises safety, not a system that puts other measures ahead of human life. We will get you there safely, as efficiently as we can. This is a paradigm shift from thinking we will get you there quickly, as safely as we can. It is also a shift away from the conventional “costs versus benefit” used to decide how much money to spend on our road network, towards valuing the benefit of decreasing risk to our community using our transport network every day.
System designers like AT are ultimately responsible for the safety level in the entire system - systems, design, maintenance and use. Everyone needs to show respect, good judgement and follow the rules. If injury still occurs because of lack of knowledge, acceptance ability, then system designers must take further action to prevent people being killed or seriously injured.
Auckland’s Vision Zero programme is overseen by the Tāmaki-Makaurau Road Safety Governance Group, a partnership between various agencies Auckland Transport (AT), NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), NZ Police, Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS), Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), Auckland Council (AC) and the Ministry of Transport (MoT).
The Safe System
The Safe System approach says while we all have a responsibility to make good choices, we’re human and we make mistakes.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) and Vision Zero
The Tāmaki-Makaurau Road Safety Governance Group recognises our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Vision Zero in action
By 2050, we aim to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on the transport network in Auckland.
Safe speeds programme
Auckland Transport is working hard to bring down an unacceptably high rate of death and serious injuries on our roads to zero.
Improving road safety will help reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads.
Te Ara Haepapa – The Journey
Paving the way for the future of Māori on our roads.
30 July 2020
Today, 30 July, marks one month since Auckland Transport (AT) introduced safer speeds on more than 600 roads across Auckland.
20 July 2020
No one should expect to be injured or killed while travelling around our great city writes Bryan Sherritt – Auckland Transport’s executive general manager, safety.
Read his Vision Zero approach to safety
18 December 2019
Four more red light safety cameras are live at high-risk intersections in Auckland, following the first four installed in recent weeks. These new red light safety cameras will reduce dangerous driving and help save lives.
Read the media release: Eight more red light safety cameras to save lives.
25 October 2019
Erica Hinckson: Slower speeds are more than a safety issue
I have spent the past 15 years researching and advocating for the return to places that allow us as human beings to freely move, walk, cycle and scooter, in other words - the opportunity to live an active life without being constantly dependent on the car.
23 October 2019
Why WSP supports Auckland Transport’s Vision Zero goal
Working on road network management contracts Dr Fergus Tate, WSP Technical Director Transport, is acutely aware of the impact that serious and fatal crashes have on the community. Here he discusses why Vision Zero works.
27 September 2019
Children injured on roads – why Starship supports Vision Zero
In New Zealand each year more than 300 children either die or are hospitalised with injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes. Around 90 of these are young Aucklanders, many of which sustain permanent disability or tragically are killed. Unfortunately, this number is not decreasing significantly, even though we know how to prevent many, if not all, of these injuries.
24 September 2019
Road to Zero: Auckland Transport’s submission to the Ministry of Transport
AT submits feedback to the Ministry of Transport (MoT) on its national draft road safety strategy consultation: Road to Zero (RTZ)
11 September 2019
Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and Auckland Transport (AT) have joined forces to improve the safety of Aucklanders as we travel on our roads, trains, buses and ferries.
Read the media release: ACC invests $5m in Auckland Transport’s safety programmes.
3 September 2019
Auckland is now a Vision Zero region - under the Tāmaki-Makaurau Road Safety Governance Group's new safety strategy.
Read the media release: Vision Zero: A goal of no deaths or serious injuries on our transport network by 2050.
16 May 2018
Auckland Transport is proposing to invest $700 million in road safety initiatives to reduce death and serious injury on Auckland’s roads.
Read the media release: Auckland Transport investing in saving lives.