New initiatives to keep visiting drivers safe

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Waitaki Jacqui Dean said with the busy summer tourist season fast approaching she was pleased to see new initiatives in place to help visiting drivers keep themselves and others safe.

“A new visitor driver training programme launched by the Automobile Association sounds really exciting.

“The programme has been designed for visiting overseas drivers who want to be sure they understand the NZ road rules and the typical road conditions they will experience here in this country.

The programme is free, although users are given the option of paying $10 for a certificate that entitles them to discounted rates at rental vehicle firms Thrifty and Europcar.

“The AA is part of the Safer Journeys Visiting Drivers Signature Project (VDSP) — a partnership between central government, local government and the private sector.

“Launched at Parliament last week, it builds on the work already done by the tourism industry this year to educate visiting drivers on the differences in driving in New Zealand.

“This includes the Visiting Driver Code of Practice for rental vehicle operators, guidelines to help rental vehicle operators and accommodation providers communicate important driving safety messages to visitors and the DriveSafe website http://www.drivesafe.org.nz/ which was launched in January and provides a range of important messages and useful information.

“This is an issue that matters to everyone – by working together and educating visiting drivers we can make our roads safer.”

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru