Using Fieldays to push safety
Visitors to the New Zealand Transport Agency site at this year’s Fieldays can find out about the agency’s work on the Safer Journeys strategy, related activities in the spotlight and information on key agency projects in Waikato and Bay of Plenty.
‘‘The road safety work we carry out in relation to this strategy is part of the NZTA’s overall focus on ensuring New Zealand has an affordable, integrated, safe, responsive and sustainable land transport system which grows our country’s economy,’’ access and use manager David Pearks said.
‘‘ The strategy’s four key elements – safer roads, safer vehicles, safer drivers and safer speeds – contribute significantly to safer and more reliable access across the country for all road users, including freight and public transport.’’
Mr Pearks said the agency’s tent had a large area for the displays and his staff would be on site to talk to Fieldays’ visitors about road safety and how to ensure their vehicles comply with road safety rules and requirements.
‘‘We’ll have a range of displays including video footage of our key safety campaigns and a variety of posters and information leaflets,’’ he said.
Two Australasian new car assessment programme ‘‘crashed cars’’ will be on display, comparing the different effects an accident is likely to have on an ANCAP two-star rated vehicle compared to a five-star rated vehicle.
There would also be an ‘‘ over- dimensional’’ tractor and trailer unit.
This would enable rural visitors in particular to see the types of sign required on wider or longer agricultural vehicles.
State Highway manager Kaye Clark said that in addition to the main focus on Safer Journeys and the ‘‘Safe System’’, the agency’s site would also have project information from both regions on display.
‘‘These displays will include a focus on our two roads of national significance – the Waikato Expressway and the Tauranga Eastern Link – and visitors can view a virtual flyover DVD for these two major projects,’’ Mrs Clark said.
‘‘It’s a chance for people to see what we do and why, and how it relates to them.
‘‘ We’ll also have staff on hand to demonstrate key elements of our website, so people can see what it offers – from how to access useful information for planning their road journeys safely; to registering your vehicle online or accessing information on driver licensing.’’