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The Development of KiwiRAP: An Innovative Road Assessment Programme

Attracting international recognition for road safety

  • New Zealand

    New Zealand

Not only improving road safety for New Zealand, but also providing a preferred approach for countries across the world

KiwiRAP is the award-winning New Zealand Road Assessment Programme (RAP) that has attracted international recognition for its innovation and effectiveness. Road assessment programmes already operate in 60 countries, but KiwiRAP’s significant innovations have been acknowledged by the international body iRAP that promoted the system as the preferred approach for developing country-specific road assessment programmes.

The module involves an assessment and allocation of a star rating from one star (poor) through to five stars (excellent) across the rural state highway network. The ratings provide a quantitative measure of the safety provision of the road infrastructure and roadside environment. This is a proactive approach to road safety that is expected to reduce deaths and injuries on New Zealand’s roads by influencing driver behaviour and better targeting road improvement programmes to address the safety shortcomings identified on some stretches of the network.

Our team of road safety experts was commissioned to work in partnership with the NZ Transport Agency, Automobile Association, Ministry of Transport, Police and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) to adapt and enhance the Australian programme (AusRAP) to suit New Zealand conditions, through a comprehensive and progressive programme of research and analysis.

At a Glance

  • NZ Transport Agency
  • Automobile Association
  • Ministry of Transport
  • Police
  • ACC
New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards as winner of Excellence in Engineering for Safety Award

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