Council has responsibility for land transport activity in Upper Hutt and covers management of all land transport matters, including the city’s network of local roads. Part of our function is to ensure that residents and visitors to Upper Hutt can move freely, efficiently and safely throughout the city.
Safety of all road users is a paramount concern of Council. Council works in conjunction with the NZ Police, the New Zealand Transport Agency, ACC, schools, and community groups on road safety initiatives that work towards the New Zealand's Road to Zero vision of ‘A New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes.'
There are 1.4 million driving and vehicle licensing items expiring between 24 March and 17 May 2020.
What items will be deemed current by the legislative changes?
To help smooth the transition back to compliance, the following documents are temporarily extended:
WoFs and CoFs, driver licences that expired on or after 1 January 2020.
Other vehicle certifications which expired on or after 1 January 2020, including alternative fuel inspection certificates, permits authorising use of vehicles with conditions, and heavy vehicle specialist certifications of towing connections and log bolster attachments.
Endorsements (including drivers of small and large passenger services and dangerous good endorsements held by some truck drivers) that expired on or after 1 March 2020.
The legislative changes also allow a temporary suspension of the requirement to have a current vehicle licence if the vehicle licence expired on or after 1 January 2020.
For more information please go to https://www.nzta.govt.nz/about-us/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-services-update/frequently-asked-questions/
While many children are out and about with their families during Lockdown they are probably experiencing their neighbourhood with less traffic. Remember to reinforce the safety rules so they will keep safe when we get through this.
Check out this great resource
A whānau and caregivers guide to safer journeys for children. This leaflet describes the things you need to know to help teach your child about staying safe on roads and near railways. Available as a PDF in English, Māori, Cook Island Māori, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Hindi, Samoan and Tongan.
The weather is changing and winter conditions make it the most challenging time for driving on our roads. If it is raining, icy, snowing or foggy, conditions on the road will be more dangerous.
Be prepared and drive to the conditions
- Check your car – tyres, windows, wipers, indicators, lights
- Increase following distances
- Slow down and drive to the conditions
It’s your responsibility to make sure your vehicle lights are kept clean and in good condition at all times. Every year problems with vehicle lighting contribute to around seven deaths and 88 injuries on our roads. Inadequate lighting can make it difficult for a driver to see and for their vehicle to be seen at night.
This is more likely to occur in winter, especially from May to August, because the sun is lower in the sky.
Be prepared for possible sunstrike:
- Keep your windscreen clean, inside and out.
- Wear sunglasses if the sun is in your eyes.
- Use your car’s sun visors.
- If you experience sunstrike, it may be best to pull over and wait for a few minutes until visibility improves.
Most children are restrained when travelling in vehicles … BUT around 80% of child restraints are either not installed correctly or not appropriate for the child.
Under New Zealand law, all children under seven years of age must use an approved child restraint appropriate for their age and size. Children aged seven must be secured in a restraint if one is available in the vehicle.
Child restraints save lives but it’s vital a child restraint is installed correctly to keep your child safe.
We know installing a child restraint isn’t the easiest thing to do, so the New Zealand Transport Agency has created a series of videos to show you how to correctly install your child restraint and fit your child in it properly.
They have also provided tips on buying a child restraint and talk you through the legal requirements for using child restraints in New Zealand.
There has been a tragic increase in the number of road deaths involving people who weren’t wearing a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest safety measures you and your passengers can take, and it could save your life. (Brake Aotearoa NZ)
Seatbelts save lives, increasing your chance of surviving by 40%. Most of us accept that, however when people choose not to wear their seatbelt while driving, they put themselves in greater danger of being fatally or seriously injured if they are involved in a crash. In the last five years, 300 people have died because they didn’t wear a seatbelt. (NZTA)
What can riders do to stay safe?
In 2017, there were 7,372 motorcyclists that received treatment, help and support from ACC after they’d been injured on a bike. To avoid crashes, we’re reminding motorcyclists to:
- Sign up and complete a Ride Forever course
- Check your bike is roadworthy
- Wear the right gear every time you ride
- Consider a bike with ABS brakes, if you’re in the market for a new bike.
What can drivers do to help increase rider safety?
Drivers play a key role in helping to keep motorcyclists safe, especially in heavy traffic. Drivers need to know that they’ll be seeing more bikes on the road over the warmer months, starting from September.
We encourage drivers to be extra careful and keep a look out for bikes when they’re driving. They need to check their blind spot by turning their head to check behind them, especially before changing lanes, and to be mindful at intersections as motorcyclists can appear suddenly.
Ride Forever training courses
Ride Forever is ACC’s subsidised rider training programme with courses available for all skill levels, from beginner through to elite. Expert training like this has a value of around $300, but with the ACC subsidy courses cost riders $20 to $50. http://www.rideforever.co.nz/coaching
Learning to Drive? https://drive.govt.nz/ has got heaps of cool stuff that will help you get confident behind the wheel.
The NZAA wants to keep senior drivers safe, confident and independently mobile for as long as possible, so they’re offering a FREE 1 hour coaching session to AA members aged 74 plus. This is a relaxed session with a friendly AA Driving Instructor in your own vehicle. Call 0800 223 748 or visit https://www.aa.co.nz/drivers/fully-licensed-drivers/aa-senior-driver/
Less Speed, Less Harm
The single biggest road safety issue in New Zealand today is speed – drivers travelling too fast for the conditions.
Adjust your speed to the conditions.
Crashes at intersections are an area of concern for the Wellington region, with poor observation being the leading cause.
Test your knowledge of the rules on the following websites:
More children are out and about before and after school – let’s keep them safe.
Safe use of the road is a shared responsibility – we all need to work on it.
School Patrol help children cross the road safely at many of our Upper Hutt schools – please watch out for them and be prepared to stop.