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Introduction

This section provides guidance for assessing road policing programmes and associated improvement projects.

For general information about developing an assessment profile including relevant reference frameworks, see Developing an assessment profile.

Work categories

The road policing activity class incorporates the following work category:

Component and incremental assessment

Assessment of the road policing programme involves the assessment of its components by applying an incremental methodology to ascertain the outcomes achieved and value for money that will result from different levels of investment.

Results alignment

For road policing programmes, the result alignment can be low, medium, high or very high. 

For further information on results alignment assessment, see Developing an Assessment Profile

 

  • Requirements for a low rating

     A road policing programme may be given a low results alignment rating if it achieves all of the following criteria. An improvement project may be given a low results alignment rating if it achieves one or more of the following criteria:

    Strategic priority Criteria for a low rating
    Safety
    • Enforces legislative requirements
    Access – thriving regions; liveable cities
    • Contributes to minimising the levels of economic and social disruption in transport system operation
    Environment
    • Contributes to limiting the harmful effects of road vehicles
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  • Requirements for a medium rating

     A road policing programme may be given a medium results alignment rating if the programme achieves all of the following criteria. An improvement project may be given a medium results alignment rating if it achieves one or more of the following criteria:

    Strategic priority Criteria for a medium rating
    Safety
    • Targets activities identified as medium concern in the Safer Journeys Strategy and Action Plan
    • Contributes to minimising the level of death and serious injuries on our roads through prevention 
    • Ensures vehicle fleet and operation complies  with the legislative requirements
    Access – thriving regions; liveable cities
    • Targets a significant contribution to minimising the levels of economic and social disruption in transport system operation
    • Ensures vehicle fleet and operation complies with the legislative requirements
    • Ensures users of the transport system comply with the legislative requirements for accessing the system
    Environment
    • Enables reductions in environmental and public health harms, particularly arising from land transport-related air pollution and noise



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  • Requirements for a high rating

     A road policing programme may be given a high results alignment rating if the programme achieves all of the following criteria. An improvement project may be given a high results alignment rating if it achieves one or more of the following criteria:

    Strategic priority Criteria for a high rating
    Safety
    • Targets activities identified as high concern in the Safer Journeys Strategy and Action Plan and is well integrated with other road safety activities
    • Targets the use of technology to drive improved safety performance across the transport system
    • Targets high risk behaviours, particularly driver distraction and use of restraints
    Access – thriving regions; liveable cities
    • Targets technology and process improvement to optimise continuity of economic and social connections in transport system operation
    • Promotes an integrated partnership approach to effective operation of the vehicle fleet and compliance to access the system
    Environment
    • Enables significant reductions in environmental and public health harms, particularly arising from land transport-related air pollution and noise
    • Enables long term reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from land transport
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  • Requirements for a very high rating

    A component of a road policing programme or an improvement project may be given a very high results alignment rating if it achieves one or more of the following criteria:

    Strategic priority Criteria for a very high rating
    Safety
    • Supports implementation of the Speed Management Guide
    • Targets activities to address driving at unsafe speeds
    • Targets activities to address driver impairment
    Access – thriving regions; liveable cities
    • Supports continued management of the transport system following the unplanned loss of a significant link
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Cost-benefit appraisal

Requirements for cost-benefit appraisal for road policing programmes depend on whether it is a continuous programme or a new initiative.

For further information on cost-benefit appraisal, see Developing an Assessment Profile.

 

  • Mix of methodologies

    The benefit and cost appraisal methodologies for the road policing programme comprise a mix of:

    1. benefit and cost analysis and incremental benefit cost ratios
    2. marginal contribution evaluations
    3. cost effectiveness evaluations, particularly for ascertaining value for money at different investment levels
    4. benchmarking performance measures against other jurisdictions
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  • New initiatives or changes in level of service

    Where a new road policing initiative is proposed to achieve a substantial change in targeting a particular issue, or when a level of service change is proposed:

    1. benefit and cost analysis and incremental benefit cost ratios should preferably be completed
    2. marginal contribution evaluations can be used as a fall back if required.

    Ratings of benefit-cost ratios 

    If a benefit-cost ratio (BCR) is calculated for a new initiative or change in level of service, the following ratings apply.

    If the calculated BCR is below 1.0, then the activity is considered to be economically inefficient. In this case, no rating for cost-benefit appraisal will be given.

    Assuming that the BCR is 1.0 or higher, the cost-benefit appraisal falls into one of four bands:

    • Low - BCR range 1- 2.9:
      All activities with a BCR greater than or equal to 1 and below 3 are prioritised in this band.
    • Medium - BCR range 3 - 4.9:
      All activities with a BCR greater than or equal to 3 and below 5 are prioritised in this band.
    • High - BCR range 5-9.9:
      All activities with a BCR greater than or equal to 5 and below 10 are prioritised in this band. 
    • Very high - BCR range > 10:
      All activities with a BCR greater than or equal to 10 are prioritised in this band.
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  • Continuous programmes

    Where a continuous programme of activities is proposed, a value for money assessment needs to be completed.

    Applicable methodologies are:

    1. cost-effectiveness evaluations, particularly for ascertaining value for money at different investment levels
    2. benchmarking performance measures against other jurisdictions.

    Road policing programmes, or components of programmes, are given a rating using low, medium, or high based on their relative cost effectiveness and benchmarking performance comparisons:

    • low - when cost effectiveness and benchmarking shows below-average band efficiency
    • medium - when cost effectiveness and benchmarking shows average band efficiency
    • high - when cost effectiveness shows above-average band efficiency.
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