The requirements of the 2002 Local Government Act have led to a greater emphasis on local authorities having a holistic approach to risk management. However, it is widely considered that compared with other disciplines, the practical application of risk management is still lacking in the area of transportation.
This research project aimed to establish a comprehensive yet simple best-practice guideline for risk management in the transport area. This was achieved through a literature review and a pilot study across nine representative transport authorities throughout New Zealand in November 2008. These guidelines provide the minimum requirements of an integrated risk framework, and also describe in detail ways to overcome some practical obstacles to the effective use of the risk management process.