The Upper Hutt City Council’s Roading division is responsible for the land transport activity and covers management of all land transport matters, including the city’s network of local roads.  Part of Council’s function is to ensure that the 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 Safer Journeys vision of ‘A safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury’.

Links to more roading information are provided in the Resources and Links section.

Restraints

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 restraint regulations

Safe to wait until you’re 148cm

 

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)

The current NZTA Restraint campaign notes that most people don’t hesitate to take other safety precautions in life to make sure they don’t get hurt, such as wearing a mouth guard when playing rugby or wearing steel capped boots on a worksite. It gets them to question why they choose to take these preventative measures in some instances, yet they don’t wear a seatbelt in the car. After all — it’s the same diff.

same diff boots

Motorcycling

Motorcycle Awareness Month springs into life

What do daffodils, newborn lambs and motorcycles have in common? We see more of them in Spring!

Motorcycle Awareness Month returns this month because September is when 50% of riders who’ve put their bikes away over Winter, get them out of the garage and get out on the road again.

Launched in 2017, Motorcycle Awareness Month is an ACC initiative focussing on motorcycle safety, supported by the Upper Hutt City Council.

The awareness campaign features a bright yellow helmet to help to create visibility around motorcycles, and what riders and drivers can do to make New Zealand a safer place for motorcycling.

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:

  1. Sign up and complete a Ride Forever course in September ($500 worth of gear is up for grabs visit www.motorcycleawareness.co.nz for details)
  2. Check your bike is roadworthy
  3. Wear the right gear every time you ride
  4. 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.

For more, visit motorcycleawareness.co.nz

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

Winter Journeys

Be safe. Plan ahead

Driving during winter can be treacherous on parts of our highway roads that are exposed to extreme weather conditions. We want to ensure you enjoy safe and uninterrupted travel on our roads during winter so please read the information below and make sure you’re prepared to travel.

For the latest traffic and travel updates please visit our Traffic and travel page or call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).

New Drivers

Learning to Drive? drive.govt.nz has got heaps of cool stuff that will help you get confident behind the wheel.

Older Drivers

CarFit

The CarFit campaign for mature drivers is about adjusting your car to be safe and comfortable. For more information about the CarFit and other road safety initiatives, click on the following link.

Find out more about CarFit

Adjusting your car to be safe and comfortable

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 80 plus. This is a relaxed session with a friendly AA Driving Instructor in your own vehicle. Call 0800 223 748 or visit aa.co.nz/senior-driver

Driver Distraction campaign

Upper Hutt City Council is supporting the New Zealand Transport Agency Driver Distraction campaign.

Find out more about the Driver Distraction campaign

Cycling

Changes to the Land Transport Rules, which came into force on 1 December, include new rules for lights on bikes.The minimum distance that cycle lights must be visible to others has been increased to 200m and the time when cycle lights must be used has been extended to (from sunset to sunrise).

Wellington City Council and consumer have teamed up to produce a lights test in time for the shorter days. All the lights tested are available through NZ retailers.

https://www.consumer.org.nz/products/bike-lights/overview (this is only available online for the moment but will be published in the May print edition).

Speed

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.

Intersections and Roundabouts

Crashes at intersections are an area of concern for the Wellington region, with poor observation being the leading cause. A campaign to address this issue is called Eyes On. It encourages viewers to have their ‘eyes on’ or be focused and pay attention at upcoming intersections and roundabouts.The campaign targets all road users in Upper Hutt and the rest of the Wellington region.

There are five key give way rules

Intersection Rules 1 and 2 [PDF 248 KB]

Intersection Rules 3, 4 and 5 [PDF 243 KB]

Do you signal and give way correctly at roundabouts?

Roundabouts turning left and right [PDF 194 KB]

Roundabouts going straight through [PDF 148 KB]

Test your knowledge of the rules on the following websites:

Share the Road

As the weather warms up more people will be out and about enjoying the outdoors.

Safe use of the road is a shared responsibility – we all need to work on it.

 

Safety Around Schools

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.

School Patrols safety message for drivers [PDF 911 KB]

School Patrols safety message for caregivers [PDF 2.76 MB]

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Last updated on 03 Sep 2018