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.


FREE Car Seat Check

Most children are restrained when travelling in vehicles … BUT it seems around 80% of child restraints are either not installed correctly or not appropriate for the child.  Cheeks in Seats is a New Zealand charity dedicated to educating drivers around the country about transporting children safely in vehicles.

On Saturday 5 May Cheeks in Seats is working with the Upper Hutt City Council, NZ Police, Belt Up Automotive and Porirua Motors to run two Car Seat Check Clinics.  One is at the Royal NZ Police College 9am-12pm and the other in the Upper Hutt City Council carpark behind the council building 1.30pm-4pm.

Qualified restraint technicians will do a free safety check and make any necessary adjustments.  Mechanics will be on-hand to install anchor bolts if required.

Come along and check to see if you are transporting your precious cargo safely.

All of this for FREE, no bookings necessary.

CarSeatCheck2018_advert [PDF5.48 MB]

Brake Road Safety Week 7-13 May 2018
The themes for 2018 are seat belts and distractions.

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


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.

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? has got heaps of cool stuff that will help you get confident behind the wheel.

Older Drivers


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

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


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. (this is only available online for the moment but will be published in the May print edition).


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.

How well do you know the regulations around speed? Click on the links below to test your knowledge of road safety and speed.

Road Safety Speed Quiz [PDF 129 KB]

Road Safety Speed Quiz – School bus signs [PDF 106 KB]

Road Safety Week – Winter conditions [PDF 175 KB]

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.


Back to School

Now that school has started for 2018 there are more children 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 13 Apr 2018