Updated: Sep 10, 2022
NZTA (Waka Kotahi) wants to reduce speed limits on state highways from 100 km/h to 80 km/h and increase the number of speed cameras from about 80 to about 800. The aspirational objective is to reduce road fatalities on New Zealand roads to zero.
This so-called 'Road to Zero' strategy is modeled on the likes of Sweden and Norway. The only problem is that both of these countries don't generally have speed limits less than 100 km/h on interstate roads. So we are copying them, but not very well.
On the other hand our cars are getting more powerful but also inherently safer.
Read my take on Road to Zero and causes of road accidents here. The document was shared with NZTA.