Case Study: Safer Journeys
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The multi-agency partnership behind the implementation of the government's Safer Journeys Strategy 2010-2020 embraces a coordinated top-down and bottom-up shared responsibility model for road safety outcomes. The strategy represents a new approach to addressing the impacts of road crashes by adopting the international best practice safe system approach. This is a departure from the traditional approach of blaming the driver for causing crashes, and, reinforces understanding that even responsible road users make mistakes. When they do make a mistake, they should be able to expect the road and roadside features and the vehicle to protect them from death and serious injury.
Improving road safety involves many agencies and requires a commitment to cooperate from each of them. To ensure this happens, a strong governance structure exists to ensure the multi-agency effort has direction, purpose and co-ordination and will deliver a safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury. Monitoring of progress against defined deliverables is integral to the process. Established partnership networks and structures enable the partners to be more responsive to emerging trends as has been shown by the recently established Cycle Safety Expert panel and the Visiting Driver projects.
The National Road Safety Committee (NRSC) established in 1993, chaired by the Secretary of Transport, connects the agencies with significant responsibility for road safety, through a Memorandum of Understanding, to work together to achieve the Government's goals for road safety. It is the principal inter-agency forum, made up of the Chief Executives of the key agencies with responsibility for road safety. This forum communicates and coordinates top level strategy between the participating agencies. The core members include the Ministry of Transport, the NZ Transport Agency, NZ Police, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and Local Government NZ. The Health, Education and Justice Ministries as well as MBIE/Work Safe NZ are associate members. The NRSC meets quarterly and reports to the Minister of Transport.
The National Road Safety Management Group (NRSMG) reports to and supports the NRSC and is primarily responsible for ensuring that work is coordinated, members share relevant information, collaborate and link their strategies and operations. It also draws together inter-agency information and intelligence to inform the NRSC.
The governance structure provides for a cross-agency Sponsors Steering Group (SSG) made up of general managers from Police, ACC, Ministry of Transport and NZ Transport Agency to monitor progress of the strategic programmes and ensure that any blocks to progress are addressed.
On a day to day level the strategic programmes and wider safe system work are overseen jointly by Programme Managers from Police, the NZ Transport Agency, ACC and Ministry of Transport. The Programme Managers meet monthly and monitor progress to ensure that the deliverables set out in the action plans are achieved in a timely manner and to the agreed standards. This group reports to the SSG.
The cross-agency membership of the NRSC is replicated at all levels of the Safer Journeys governance structure with programme leads and members on the working groups drawn from the key road safety agencies. This ensures the partnership approach is always reinforced, combined efforts are directed towards a common goal, and consequently, better and enduring outcomes are achieved for improved safety on the roads.