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What is the Road Policing Programme?

Every three years the NZ Transport Agency, in consultation with NZ Police, prepares a Road Policing Programme in accordance with the Land Transport Management Act 2003.

The programme sets out the road policing activities to be delivered by NZ Police which the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF) invests in for the three year period. The Road Policing Programme is part of the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) to ensure that the planning, investment and delivery of road policing activities is integrated with other land transport activities.

Read the latest Road Policing Programme

Why invest in the Road Policing Programme?

Delivery of the programme is for the purpose of achieving road safety and economic growth and productivity outcomes. It is monitored in terms of the results to which the NZ Police make a significant contribution. In turn, NZ Police has the operational flexibility to adjust activities and resources to deliver road policing activities in order to ensure outcome trends are positive.

What does the 2015–18 Road Policing Programme invest in?

The Minister of Transport, in consultation with the Minister of Police, has approved a total of $960 million for the delivery of road policing activities during the three years from 2015 to 2018.

The work programme comprises the following high priority activities:

  • Speed, which includes the use of automated cameras, hand held cameras, enforcement demerits and driving to the conditions.
  • Distractions/restraints (in-car behaviour) where restraints addresses the use of restraints in cars including child car seats, as well as the use of motorcycle helmets and cycle helmets. The activity also addresses the use of mobile phones and other distractions, and careless driving.
  • Impaired driving addresses both drug and alcohol affected driving, as well as impairment as a result of fatigue.
  • Vulnerable road users addresses road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, the elderly, disabled people, inexperience drivers, visiting drivers, road workers, skateboarders and motorcyclists,
  • High-risk behaviour addresses dangerous and reckless driving, fleeing drivers, and intersection and centre line offences. It also addresses high-risk behaviours in commercial vehicles such as dangerous goods, insecure loads and overloading.
  • Network maintenance and efficiency includes crash attendance and event management, driver licence stop orders, road user charges and vehicle mass and dimension rules.

For further information about the activities, see tables 6.1 and 6.2 on pages 13 to 30 of the 2015-18 Road Policing Programme.

What is in the Road Policing Programme?

The 2015–18 Road Policing Programme includes:

Strategic context:


  • Total investment
  • Components of 2015-18 investment
  • Improvement programme
  • Long-term financial forecast
  • Investing for outcomes
  • Investment by road policing activity

Delivery of road policing activities: 

  • Overview
  • Operational models

Monitoring and reporting:

  • Overview
  • Formal reporting requirements
  • Relationship of inputs, outputs and outcomes in terms of efficiency and effectiveness

Road Policing Programme work programme: 

  • Table 6.1: Sector framework mapped to Road Policing Programme activities by strategic area – including areas of concern, desired sector outcomes and results to which NZ Police significantly contribute
  • Table 6.2: NZ Police Road Policing Programme work programme by road policing activities – including key performance indicators, how NZ Police will deliver, how NZ Police will track progress, and investment or indicative annual cost.

How is local road safety coordinated?

Road policing activities are delivered in the context of the Safe System in coordination with activities delivered by key partners, other organisations and communities. At the local level, agencies and groups work together to plan, deliver, and evaluate activities. The basis of this is road safety action planning, a process in which the following agencies and groups are usually involved:

  • the Transport Agency
  • NZ Police
  • regional and local authorities
  • ACC
  • others with interest in road safety.

Working together at the local level provides focus, commitment and urgency in addressing and mitigating the road safety risks, especially in terms of:

  • safe speeds
  • safe roads and roadsides
  • safe vehicles
  • safe road use.

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