Dean welcomes further road safety initiative

Waitaki news
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has welcomed the latest move to enhance both visiting overseas driver's and local road users driving experiences.

"With record numbers of tourists set to visit here I heartily endorse the issuance of a new road safety initiative which contains information on local road safety and conditions," Mrs Dean said.

"The leaflet is the latest in an ongoing range of motoring aids aimed to enhance driver safety. What is special about this leaflet is that it will be given out with every approved visa issued to visitors."

The ‘Driving Safely in New Zealand’ leaflet is a joint initiative involving MOT, NZ Transport Agency, NZ Police, Tourism NZ, MBIE, MFAT and the Chinese Embassy. As you can see, many Government and private agencies are working hard to improve both visitors and local's driving experiences.

Mrs Dean said only recently the Transport Ministry confirmed it would make changes to road infrastructure including more centre-line rumble strips, keep left arrow. larger signage and no passing lines on southern tourist roads.

Mrs Dean, who is government's Parliamentary Private Secretary for Tourism, said last year a record 310,000 Chinese tourists travelled to New Zealand with many opting to self-drive.

"It's important for all road users that we help them do so safely," the MP said.