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Newsletter of The New Zealand Roadmarkers Federation Inc.

Roadmarking News Edition 119 June 2016 Safer Journeys third Action Plan released

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss released the Safer Journeys third Action Plan 2016-2020 on May 10th.

• Providing a safer system for motorcyclists using education, information, training and emerging technology • Ensuring roads and roadsides support safer travel by focusing initiatives on high risk roads • Investigating further use of proven and emerging safety technologies in vehicles entering the New Zealand fleet. Alongside the Safer Journeys third Action Plan, Mr Foss also released a report looking at why some crashes result in fatalities. “Why Do People Die in Road Crashes, commissioned by the Ministry of Transport, provides some valuable insights into the causes of road trauma,” Mr Foss saya

The Safer Journeys Action Plan is the third and final plan under the Safer Journeys Strategy to 2020.

“The report found that about 30 per cent of fatalities in 2014 could have been avoided if the person had been wearing a seatbelt or helmet — what an incredibly disappointing and unnecessary waste of life.

“Safer Journeys is about creating a safe system — safer roads and roadsides, safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer road use.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. We have the power to protect ourselves and other road users by wearing a seatbelt or helmet and driving to the conditions at safe speeds.”

Under the first two Actions Plans the Government rolled out powerful advertising campaigns, lowered blood alcohol levels, installed hundreds of kilometres of rumble strips and median barriers, and mandated electronic stability control for light vehicles,” Mr Foss says.

The Safer Journeys Third Action Plan 2016-2020 is available at:

“These targeted measures have demonstrably reduced deaths and serious injuries, particularly those relating to alcohol and young people, but our road toll is still much, much too high. “The third Action Plan is an opportunity to refresh the Government’s approach to road safety and ensure initiatives are targeted to the areas of greatest risk and disproportionate harm, based on the latest data. It’s also an opportunity to embrace and enable the use of new technology.” The third Action plan is focussed on: • Enabling smart and safe choices by providing road users with the right information at the right time

Why Do People Die in Road Crashes report is available at:

Roadmarking work to improve road safety in Northland Work is underway to reduce the risk of motorists driving off the roads on a large stretch of State Highway 1 in Northland. The NZ Transport Agency is replacing the Audio Tactile Pavement (ATP) markings on the edges and centre line of approximately 150kms of state highway between Puhoi and Ohaeawai.

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“The markings which make a noise when they’re driven over are an important tool in alerting drivers who may be straying out of their lane because of fatigue or distraction,” says Brett Gliddon the Transport Agency’s Northland and Auckland Highway Manager. “Studies have shown that markings on the edge lines can reduce the risk of run-off road crashes by up to 30 per cent.”

The TNL is a new 6.8 km highway which will connect Tauranga's Takitimu Drive Toll Road with SH2 Te Puna. "Once complete it will reduce traffic through the busy townships of Bethlehem and Te Puna, provide a better commute into the city, and support the Western Bay's many industries.

Transport Agency contractors will also apply the markings to the centrelines which could reduce the number of crashes involving crossing the centre line by 20-30%. The previous markings have been removed during road maintenance work and resurfacing as part of the annual summer maintenance period. The work which will start in Puhoi heading north and is expected to be completed by the end of June.

$520m bypass for Tauranga

"Today I'm also announcing that $150 million has been earmarked for a future extension of the TNL.

A $520 million roading package was announced for Tauranga in late April.

A business case for extending the TNL from Te Puna to Omokoroa is expected to be completed toward the middle of next decade.

The project is expected to transform State Highway 2 (SH2) between Tauranga and Waihi. Part of it will bypass Bethlehem, one of the city's busiest and most congested stretches of road.

"All up this means the TNL will provide a four lane highway linking Tauranga's Takitimu Drive Toll Road with SH2 at Omokoroa," Mr Bridges said.

The package includes the $286m Tauranga Northern Link (TNL); $85m worth of safety improvements designed to reduce death and serious injury crashes; and up to $150 million to provide for future traffic growth, paving the way for an upgrade between Omokoroa and Te Puna.

The safety improvement work will be targeted at high-risk areas on SH2 between Waihi and Te Puna. It will include median and side barriers, and intersection improvements designed to reduce head-on and intersection crashes, which are over represented in this area.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges said this was a significant transport investment for Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty area.

"This is a major transport package that will support population growth in areas such as Omokoroa and Te Puna, allowing for any future upgrades to improve capacity as they are needed.

''It will improve safety, reduce congestion and support growth on what is a very busy route, making a noticeable difference for motorists and easing freight movement," Mr Bridges, who is also Tauranga's MP, said.

"This latest investment follows a $12 million package of safety works that have been rolled out on SH2 as the Government finalised a long term plan for the route.

"We know that transport is an enabler of economic activity so we need to continue unlocking key congestion points to get people and freight moving efficiently around the country."

"Work on the safety improvements and TNL starts now, with construction set for 2016 and 2018 respectively," Mr Bridges said.

Coromandel highway to get upgrade A notoriously dangerous stretch of road between Pokeno and the Coromandel will be upgraded in a bid to reduce the number of crashes, though it may be 12 years before the work is complete.

Construction is expected to get underway in 2018 but work could take a further 10 years, Mr Bridges said.

Stolen car crashes into police officer's road safety sign in Canterbury A stolen car has been crashed into a solar-powered warning sign installed by a Canterbury police officer to help reduce road fatalities.

The government will spend $278 million to upgrade State Highway 2 between Pokeno and the SH25 intersection. In the past five years, 18 crashes along the 32km stretch of road have resulted in nine deaths and 25 serious injuries. Transport Minister Simon Bridges said the twolane road will be widened to three lanes, with two lanes for west-bound traffic heading to Auckland. Median barriers and guard rails will be installed with the goal of reducing death and serious injury by 80 percent over the next 20 years. Mr Bridges said an increase in road traffic, a rise the numbers of both domestic and international visitors and predicted future growth meant there was a strong case to make the road safer. "Around 25,000 vehicles a day on the road and very significant congestion issues at peak times and there are very significant safety issues that need to be addressed." There may be an option to widen the road to four lanes in the future, he said. "Evidence that NZTA [the New Zealand Transport Agency] put together on this really makes a case for two lanes northward-bound to Auckland, because the traffic is very concentrated on the way back and their data doesn't suggest it is on the way there. But we will keep the option open. "And there will be passing lane improvements made on the way into the Coromandel.

Sergeant Dan Harker's project to make Selwyn's roads safer began this month with the installation of special flashing signs at four highrisk intersections around the district. Harker came up with the idea after attending about 100 fatal crashes throughout Canterbury. He was driving to Rolleston in late April when he saw one of his signs, at the intersection of Maddisons and Weedons Ross roads, had been damaged. "I was like, 'oh no, you've got to be kidding me'," he said. Senior Sergeant Paul Piper said the sign was damaged by a car stolen from a home in Hornby. "A stolen car has been sliding along the grass verges on Maddisons Rd, it appears to have lost control, slid across the road sideways into the road sign. The car has then continued on for another 500 metres and crashed into a fence. It's then either caught fire or been set on fire and completely destroyed." Harker, who had spent the last two years on the project, said he was "really disappointed". "I really just hope it's not deliberate. It's there to stop people running through, it's there to save lives." He said while the pole holding the sign up was damaged, the rest of it was fine and should be back up and running within 24 hours.

Dan's Advanced Warning Signs are being trialled until October 2017. TRIAL INTERSECTIONS - Maddisons and Weedons Ross roads - West Melton and Hoskyns roads - Hamptons and Shands roads - Hoskyns and Sandy Knolls roads

The report showed loss of control was the top contributing factor in most fatal and injury crashes involving foreigners, saying "most overseas drivers crash for the same reasons as New Zealand drivers".

New Zealand’s awkward road safety ad about texting while driving Clemenger BBDO has created an ad for the New Zealand Transport Authority, called Hello. Featuring Lionel Ritchie’s classic song of the same name, the spot shows a series of scenarios involving drivers and passengers. "The report shows that very few short-term visitors crash within their first few days in New Zealand, and of those that do crash, fatigue is generally not a contributing factor," Mr Foss said. "It debunks some common myths, such as visitors, especially those who usually drive on the righthand side of the road, are crashing because they're tired after long-haul flights - the data simply doesn't support this." In each scene, the drivers’ phone rings or bleeps and just before they reach reflexively to check it, the passenger furtively slides their hand, palm-up over the phone resulting in an awkward, slightly creepy hand-hold between the pair. The gag is nicely played out and the ad ends with the tagline: “Put me first. Drive phone free.” The ad received international press coverage and attracted over 2 million views in one month. It follows the success of the previous Ghost Chips and Mistakes road safety advertisements which has attracted over 12 million views.

Foreign drivers crash for same reasons as New Zealanders Foreign drivers account for less than 6 percent of all fatal and injury crashes in New Zealand, according to a new report. The Overseas Drivers in Crash report for 2010 to 2015, released by the Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss on 28th April, also found a third of atfault overseas licence holders failed to adjust to driving conditions in this country - including driving on the left. That number rose to half for fatal crashes.

About half of overseas licence holders at-fault in crashes were from countries that drive on the right. Six countries - Australia, Germany, UK, China, India and the United States - contributed to about 55 percent of overseas drivers involved in crashes. It said about 78 percent of overseas licence holders were short-term visitors to New Zealand, 13 percent were students and 9 percent were migrants. Mr Foss also released the official road toll today 320 men, women and children died on New Zealand roads last year. The road toll report also showed between 2011 and 2014, New Zealand's vehicle fleet increased by 32 percent, the population grew by 16 percent and travel was up by 15 percent. "Despite the high number of deaths last year, longterm the road toll is falling, and we all have a responsibility to ensure that continues," Mr Foss said.


crashes and the impact they have on riders, their families and the community.

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye recently announced three reappointments to the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (MSAC).

“Last year, I consulted on and decided to reduce the motorcycle safety levy, which pays for road safety initiatives specifically benefitting motorcyclists, from $30 to $25 per year from 1 July 2016.

Motorcycle Safety reappointments


The council represents the motorcycling community and advises ACC on safety initiatives that will make motorcycling safer on New Zealand roads

“This strikes a balance between investing in safety initiatives that can reduce motorcyclists’ injuries, and not collecting too much in levies. There is currently around $15 million available in the motorcycle safety levy fund. “To date, the MSAC’s advocacy has led to initiatives involving safer road design, rider visibility, moped and scooter safety and personal protective equipment. “The Council is currently working with ACC to explore new initiatives focusing on rider skills, road user behaviour and motorcycle safety technology.”

“The reappointed councillors, Janice Millman, Andrew Darrell and David Golightly, collectively bring strong management and governance expertise, combined with deep personal involvement in motorcycling and the motorcycling community,” says Ms Kaye. “Janice is the President of the Women’s International Motorcycle Association’s New Zealand Division and has a strong background in senior leadership. “Andrew is an experienced motorcyclist with a broad understanding of the perspectives of other riders, whilst David has extensive networks in the motorcycle industry and community and a background in motorcycle safety training. “The reappointments will ensure the MSAC continues to benefit from these councillors’ proven skills and passion for making New Zealand riders safer.” Based on Ministry of Transport crash facts, motorcyclists are 21 times more likely to be killed or injured than car drivers over the same distance travelled. “The MSAC plays a key role in influencing the work of ACC and others aimed at reducing motorcycle

Coastal Otago Network Outcomes Contract awarded to Downer The NZ Transport Agency has awarded Downer NZ Ltd a new seven-year Network Outcomes Contract (NOC) to manage the Coastal Otago State Highway network. Downer has held the preceding hybrid State Highway maintenance contracts for the last 15 years, together with their professional services supplier, MWH. “The new $86 million contract starts this winter, from 1 July, and is part of a national Transport Agency initiative to improve the efficiency of roading maintenance through the engagement of a single supplier for each highway network on a performance-based contract,” said Ian Duncan, the Transport Agency’s Southern Business Unit Manager. “Contract tenure will be achieving a number of performance measures efficiency, responsiveness work.”

based upon Downer monthly and annual which evaluate the and quality of their

The contract covers routine maintenance and operation of the 773 kilometre state highway network, signage and markings, resurfacing, pavement rehabilitation, winter maintenance, and incident response.

The contract value is $86 million for the seven year term, or just over $12 million per year. Downer’s Coastal Otago NOC team, led by Paul Jamison, comprises around 45 staff from Downer, MWH, SouthRoads, McDonough, and Buxton Consulting. They will be based from Downer’s regional office in Green Island, Dunedin, with a secondary office in Oamaru and depots and machinery/ storage yards in Balclutha, Tapanui, Lawrence, Milton, Middlemarch, Palmerston, Otematata, and Omarama. “The Coastal Otago state highway network is one of the largest in the country, stretching from its northern extent at the Waitaki River to the Lindis Pass summit, inland to Raes Junction, and south to the boundary between Otago and Southland south of Waipahi,” said Ian Duncan. He says that this new contract model has the potential to deliver better operational outcomes and more efficient roading maintenance. “We are looking forward to building stronger relationships between the Transport Agency, our suppliers, and our customers through the collaborative nature of this Network Outcomes Contract,” said Mr Duncan. “That means better outcomes for our customers and stakeholders, and financial efficiencies.”

Between 2003 and 2008, less than a quarter (24 per cent) of people surveyed in Tauranga had cycled in the last year. Only 11 per cent had cycled in the last month. Between 2009 and 2014 (the most recent figures available), 46 per cent of people surveyed in Tauranga had cycled in the last year. Thirty per cent had cycled in the last month. Ms Thomas said the biggest safety issue for cyclists was being seen. "Most crashes happen because the driver doesn't see them so cyclists need to take it upon themselves to be seen, be bright." To remind cyclists to put lights on their bikes and wear high-vis, reflective clothes, Bike Wise, Travel Safe, Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and NZ Police have started an annual Be Bright campaign. This involved checkpoints where Travel Safe and Tauranga City Council representatives would assess and provide reflective gear and lights to cyclists at key cycling routes throughout the city. Travel Safe Programme Leader Karen Smith said cyclists' visibility to other road users, especially during times of low light and poor visibility, was essential to their safety.

Surge in cycling makes city roads safer There have been fewer serious injuries sustained by cyclists in Tauranga in the past four years despite a dramatic increase in people taking up the environmentally friendly mode of transport. Figures released to the Bay of Plenty Times Weekend show there have been at least 106 crashes involving cyclists in Tauranga since 2013. Last year there were 35 crashes involving cyclists, including four seriously hurt and 24 suffering minor injuries. "Years ago you would be lucky to see a single cyclist on the road, only the diehard cyclists who go out training at the weekend. Now, cyclists are everywhere," Ms Thomas said. "I'm surprised at the people who are taking up cycling. There's definitely more recreational cyclists and definitely an increase in off-road cycling and I can't say I blame them but I'm seeing more commuting to work." Ms Thomas said the increase was a good thing and ultimately made roads safer.

The checkpoints would involve assessment of cyclists' reflective gear and lights. Riders who had adequate lights would be rewarded with safe reflective cycling gear such as backpack covers, cats eyes and ankle and arm bands. Cyclists who did not have adequate lights would be fitted with a set of lights. Cyclists could also go into a draw to win bike store vouchers. Twelve cities around New Zealand, will focus on reducing cycling accidents and increasing awareness of cyclist safety through the national Be Bright campaign. The Be Bright campaign for cyclists was launched in April 2016 to coincide with the end of daylight saving and would run until midJune.

Major highway project running ahead of schedule Work on the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway is running ahead of schedule. As a result, the section of this major highway project now looks likely to open early. The Huntly section of this $458 million project extends for 15.2km. After eight months of construction activity the work is now further ahead than originally expected. This section of the Waikato Expressway project now looks likely to open in December 2019. It was originally expected to be open in March 2020. The work is being delivered by the Fulton Hogan HEB joint venture for NZTA . The project includes constructing the Taupiri Pass, which will see the excavation of 1 million m3 of earth in all.

Virtual Safety: India Plans 3D Speed Brea kers On Highways And Busy Roads The Indian government is planning to splash 3D paints on highways and busy roads creating virtual speed-bumps in a bid to increase driver safety. As part of the transport ministry's latest efforts to reduce the number of road accidents, new speed-bumps will be emplaced, however, they won't have any physical shape. Instead they will be "3D" paintings and will act as virtual speedbumbs. The idea is to paint lines which will optically create a roadblock forcing the driver or a rider to slow down instead of braking suddenly.

Earlier in April, the transport ministry ordered the removal all highway speed-bumps as they were considered hazardous for vehicles driving at top speeds. The move was initiated after the Road Accident Report for 2014 suggested more than 11,000 lives were claimed by road accidents involving either speed-bumps or potholes. India is ranked as one of the most dangerous places in the world to drive due to its poor roads and bad driver safety.

Chile’s growing traffic volumes are a growing problem Chile’s growing traffic volumes are creating a growing problem for traffic management. In many urban areas in Chile congestion is increasing at a rapid rate. Capital Santiago is afflicted particularly badly in this respect. Traffic jams are now frequent on the main interurban routes in Chile, especially on toll roads, and the number of vehicles travelling on these roads continues to rise month after month, leading to major concern. Between January and February of 2016, the traffic on Route 5 of the Santiago-Talca road rose by at least 60% compared to the same period in 2011. The road operator Intervial Chile - linked to the Colombian company ISA - has stated that its monthly revenue for February 2016 totalled US$16.21 million, representing a rise of 6.3% compared to January 2016 and a rise of 15.5% compared to February 2015. Moreover, The Angostura toll road constituted the highest contribution with 48.8%. On 5 May 2016 the Chilean Chamber of Construction (CChC) announced that the country is falling behind other countries such as Spain and New Zealand in terms of infrastructure, with a collection of roads to surpass their capacity level within the next few years and three Santiago routes to exceed their limit before 2025.

New system to detect phone use

More than 500,000 road accidents take place across India annually, killing 150,000 people every year, according to the government statistics. However, the World Health Organisation pinned the death toll due to poor road safety measures at 200,000 in 2014.

A new system dubbed the Textalyser could reveal if drivers in the US state of New York were using a phone at time of a collision. The device has been developed to allow police to analyse whether drivers were using a mobile phone at the time of a crash. The device checks the metadata on a phone to see if it was used recently. This method ensures that messages, contacts, photos, and so on are kept private.

The latest measure is directed at cracking down on dangerous driving as the government aims to decrease road accidents by half.

New York City is proposing that police use these devices to catch drivers who are distracted by their phones. The proposed legislation claims, "Reports

indicate that 67% of drivers admit to continued use of their cell phones while driving despite knowledge of the inherent danger to themselves and others on the road.

Victorian Government to fund second river crossing

Meanwhile in Ireland, one road safety officer has suggested a drastic solution to mobile phone problem. The officer has proposed that motorists who are caught using their mobile phone while driving in Ireland to have their devices impounded.

The Victorian Government in Australia is to provide the full funding for the Western Distributor Project, a second river crossing which includes the Monash Freeway Upgrade and upgrades to Webb Dock, after the Federal Government rejected a request for a contribution to the funding.

A similar measure has been in effect in Cape Town in South Africa since 2012 and as of 2015, the programme had confiscated over 10,000 mobile phones.

Construction of the US$4.2 billion (AU$5.5 billion) Western Distributor will start in 2017, local motorists paying for the rest of it with tolls extended until 2045

Road projects for Queensland

The Government and Transurban in Australia have now signed an agreement on processes for the tender, planning and engagement stages and announced the establishment of the Western Distributor Authority to get the project completed.

Major highway improvement works are being proposed for Queensland. The aim of the work will be to reduce congestion along a 4km stretch of highway that suffers long delays during peak periods at present. Some A$168 million of federal funding will has been proposed to widen the highway connecting the Gold Coast with Queensland capital Brisbane, with work possibly starting in 2017. However the project hangs in the balance and depends on the results of an upcoming election. Queensland’s State Government has already allocated funds to construct for two additional southbound lanes at Eight Mile Plains, south of Brisbane, where the M1 connects with the M3. The road improvement project is set to be a major issue for south-east Queensland voters in the upcoming election.

Innovative bridge project for Indonesia A highly innovative bridge project is planned for Indonesia. A specialist firm from the Netherlands, Tidal Bridge, has been contracted to construct the new Pancasila Palmerah Bridge in East Nusa Tenggara. The project involves constructing a 1.3km suspension bridge that will span the Larantuka Strait and connect Flores with Adonara Island. The project is expected to cost US$400 million and construction work is due to commence in December 2016. Of the bridge's 1.3km total length, around 800m will span Larantuka Strait. An innovative feature of this project will be the turbines installed that will be able to generate up to 30MW of electrical power by harnessing the tidal flow through the Larantuka Strait.

They have also released the first full designs which include two options for connecting the West Gate Freeway to the Western Distributor Tunnel, either directly within the road reserve, or via ramps to a portal in adjacent land. Key features include: a tunnel under Yarraville and a second river crossing over the Maribyrnong; the longest managed motorway system in Australia from Geelong to Pakenham; 4.5km of new cycling and pedestrian paths including completion of the Federation Trail; Widening the Monash Freeway in two places. To get dangerous goods trucks, which can’t travel in a tunnel, out of residential streets, the designs include five ramp options to connect the West Gate Freeway directly to Hyde Street.

Electric only vehicles for Netherlands? Moves are underway in the Netherlands that could see only electric cars being sold in the country from 2025. Proposals are now being made to ban the sale of diesel and petrol fuelled cars in the country, with these having passed initial stages of acceptance by the Dutch Government according to reports in the local press, DutchNews. The plan forms part of the country’s drive to meet pledges made at the most recent UN Conference on Climate Change, which was held in Paris in 2015. There is debate over how best to reduce the levels of CO2 emissions from transport but the wider

adoption of electric vehicles is seen as one of the key strategies. Fuel cell vehicles are also seen as a possible solution to reducing transport emissions but these power units are being both more complex and more expensive.

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The Netherlands is one of a number of countries that recently joined the International ZeroEmission Vehicle (ZEV) Alliance and stated that they will switch to zero emission vehicles by 2050. However there is some resistance to the switch to electric vehicles in the Netherlands and the move could yet be halted or delayed.

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Alsina’s Alsipercha system has a handle on workers at risk of falling Alsipercha is a “personal fall arrest system” from Spanish firm Alsina Group and consists of a steel body and a self-retractable lifeline. The retractable lifeline locks when an acceleration occurs during a fall, similar to the seatbelt of a car. It provides complete freedom of movement - 360º - by rotating on its axis, allowing the worker to safely perform operations at height. The Alsipercha is composed of six elements: the system itself, a retractable device, a shockabsorbing device, a retractable device protector, a conical tube and a sling and hook.

The NZRF has a number of Technical Guides and documents on its website. These include: Rumble Strip Resources: The NZRF has assembled information about rumble strips in one place and provided links to various research reports, Specifications and Guides NZRF Materials Guide: The NZ Roadmarkers Federation has collated this materials guide. It brings together technical information about the range of marking materials, and associated products that are used by the pavement marking industry Line Removal Guide is referenced in NZTA specifications Accessible Parking Guide: This Guide has been developed in consultation with CCS Disability Action, it sets out the requirements of the Traffic Control Devices Rule, Building Code, NZS 4121 and AS 2890

For construction work, it allows the safe placement of boards, guardrails, edging formwork and in formwork assembly where there is high risk of falling. However, the company says that it is also a useful for logistics and other industry operations where there is high risk of falling. Alsipercha has a wide range of accessories to allow the wearer to work secured while covering the entire work surface and to adapt to many situations. The metal structure in the form of an inverted "L" provides an anchor point up to 6.5m (80kg) and the rail system (ATEX) allows a pendulum effect "O". In the logistics industry, it allows the safe loading and unloading of trucks and maintenance of platforms.

NZRF Newsletter June 2016