New Zealand approves road safety program for foreign visitors

Published on : Friday, October 7, 2016

new-zealandA package of road safety programs aimed at making motoring safer for visitors on key tourist routes in the South Island will soon be launched in New Zealand after the country’s government accepted it.


The wider Visiting Drivers Project a partnership between central government, local government and the private sector had rolled out dozens of initiatives since it began in 2014 in the wake of a series of high-profile road crashes involving foreign visitors.


These included online safety videos for Chinese, Indian, German and US drivers and driver assessments at car hire companies.


The government was spending 15 million NZ dollars (USD10.75 million) on road safety engineering on the routes over the next two years, Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss said in a statement.


The funding was part of a road safety package worth 25 million NZ dollars (USD17.92 million) for visiting drivers.


“We want all visiting drivers to experience New Zealand as a safe, attractive and accessible place,” Foss said.


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