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Newsletter of The New Zealand Roadmarkers Federation Inc.

Roadmarking News www.nzrf.co.nz Edition 127 October 2017

Roadmarkers New Zealand takes out Roadmarking Olympics competition The Roadmarkers New Zealand team of Stephen Clark and Rob Church took out the Roadmarking Olympics competition at the Australasian Roadmarking Conference held on the 23rd and 24th August at the Distinction Hotel, Hamilton. .

Associate Professor Samuel Charlton, Dr Kym Neaylon, Opus and Dr Hamish Mackie NZTA staff highlighted standardisation that is being driven through the implementation of the One Network Road Classification. There were also presentations on the procedure for trials of Traffic Control Devices, a summary of roadmarking standards across NZ and Australian States, implementation of speed zones in urban areas, paint pump maintenance, cold weather application of waterbourne paints and coloured surface installations.

The hotly contested challenge drew teams from Ross Roadmarkers, Coastline Markers and Roadmarkers NZ. Contestants were judged on their knowledge of roadmarking standards, specifications and calculations, accuracy with marking in the hotel carpark and skill at setting out an intersection. The competition was co-ordinated by Damar's' Rob Dunne and Roadmarkers retained the trophy which was taken out by Brent Connor at the 2009 Nelson conference - the last time the competition was held.

Urban and Transport planning consultant Roger Boulter challenged delegates to think about whether transport planning about technical predictions, or about policy choices? A summary if his presentation is available here Copies of the powerpoint presentations are available on the Conference page of the NZRF website

New speed limit of 110km/h for some key New Zealand expressways

The conference drew delegates from around NZ and Australia, The US, Germany and Denmark. Key note address was by Associate Transport Minister Tim Macindoe. His electoral office is close to the conference venue and he confused the official welcoming committee by walking to the hotel rather than arriving in a Ministerial limousine. Elsewhere the conference heard presentations from researchers at Waikato University, Opus and Mackie Research.

Motorists will soon be able to travel up to 110km/h per hour on some of New Zealand's key expressways. Associate Transport Minister Tim Macindoe said higher speed limits would initially be rolled out to

Published by: The New Zealand Roadmarkers Federation Inc. P O Box 13 605 Onehunga Auckland 1643 New Zealand Executive Director: Alister Harlow Phone: +64 9 625 7470 Email: alister@nzrf.co.nz Roadmarking News in published by The NZ Roadmarkers Federation Inc. Opinions expressed in Roadmarking News do not necessarily reflect the views of the NZRF


the Tauranga Eastern Link, and parts of the Waikato Expressway.

international standard and are built with a safety standard so that they can run at 110km/h.

Roads now under construction, including the Kapiti Expressway and the southern section of the Christchurch Motorway, would be considered in future.

"If you look overseas ... it'd only be New Zealand, Japan and Norway that would be the only countries in the developed world with motorway speeds of less than 110km/h at the moment.

The new speed limit would be in effect by the end of the year on roads that met the criteria.

"We haven't had the roads before - that have that in-built safety - and now we do, so it makes sense that we can operate at 110km/h.''

Macindoe said the Government was focused on making roads safer and cutting travel times. "With our initial seven Roads of National Significance - with enhanced safety features either complete or under construction, we can begin rolling out faster speed limits in certain areas," he said. "This will allow New Zealanders to get to where they need to be faster." The 110km/h speed limit would only apply to roads built to a standard where the higher limit was safe and appropriate, he said. "This includes having at least two lanes in each direction, a median barrier, no significant curves and no direct access to neighbouring properties. "Our new Roads of National Significance are our safest - with no fatalities to date. This change strikes the right balance between ensuring the safety of road users and faster travel times for our motorists and freight." It is expected the next generation of significant roads will qualify. The roads that will be considered include:  Waikato Expressway: Long swamp, Rangiriri, Huntly, Hamilton, Cambridge, Ohinewai, Ngaruawahia, Te Rapa, Pokeno to Hampton Downs.  Tauranga Eastern Link  Upper Harbour Motorway  Northern Motorway (Johnstones Hill tunnels to Lonely Track Rd)  Southern Motorway (Bombay to Takanini)  Kapiti Expressway (Mackays to Peka Peka) The Automobile Association praised the move, saying it was an indication that New Zealand roads were better - and therefore, safer. General Manager for motoring affairs, Mike Noon, said: "It's actually very, very good news. What we've got is we've finally got some roads of

A rolling survey of more than a thousand AA members, taken this month, showed up to 79 per cent of people supported a speed limit of 110km/h, he said.

Work underway to make State Highway 3, from SH37 to Te Kuiti, safer Almost $6m will be spent adding side barriers to high risk locations, and improving some intersections. Rumble strips will also be added to the middle and sides of the road in some places. The NZ Transport Agency Transport Systems Manager Karen Boyt says there have been two deaths and nine serious injuries on the road between 2005 and 2014. “Most of these were caused by vehicles running off the road and hitting trees, poles or deep ditches or head-on collisions,” Ms Boyt says. “Intersections along the road are dangerous because they have drainage ditches, trees, embankments, fences and utility poles close by.”

Work on making the road safer is scheduled to get underway in October and will be finished mid-next year. Survey and investigation work has already been completed.


“We have been speaking to the community about these changes and will continue these conversations as design progresses,� Ms Boyt says. This is one of four projects on SH3, together worth $25m, to improve the safety of the highway between Hamilton and Te Kuiti. The section of the road between Ohaupo and Te Awamutu will also be completed in October. Work gets underway on two other sections, between Hamilton and Ohaupo and Te Awamutu and Otorohanga, later next year. SH3 is the main commuter link, linking Hamilton with other parts of the King Country. It is also the main freight route between Hamilton and Taranaki and is also used by tourists travelling to the Waitomo Caves and south to Taranaki.

Wellington man's hand-painted yellow 'no parking' lines set to become legal After 20 years of painting illegal broken yellow lines on Wellington's Holloway Rd, Russell Taylor may soon be able to put away his paint brush away. Russell Taylor's decades of petty painterly crime look set to end as Wellington City Council prepares to make honest lines out of his illegal road markings. The council has called for public submissions on a proposal for Holloway Rd, in the suburb of Aro Valley, which would see 17 car parks sacrificed so legitimate yellow 'no parking' lines can be placed along 11 sections of the residential street. Holloway Rd is already home to some crudely drawn broken yellow lines courtesy of Taylor. He painted his first guerrilla parking restrictions 20 years ago, then repainted them a decade later.

Wellington City Council put up signs of its own to stop cars parking on Holloway Rd. Taylor's one-man safety crusade attracted international media attention after Stuff reported it in July. He has lived in Holloway Rd since the 1970s and has seen plenty of accidents and near-misses in his time there. Emergency vehicles often struggled to get up the road. Recently, a fire engine had to tow cars out of its way so it could attend a house fire, he said. Council documents confirm that some cars had to be moved to allow a fire engine through on April 5. The documents also reveal concerns about parked cars on both sides of Holloway Rd have been raised by several residents. "Recycling trucks have also faced the similar situation on a number of occasions and have expressed their opinion over the phone to confirm the issue of restricted access," Taylor said. Councillors and council staff visited the site and talked to residents before opting for the improved safety measures. As well as putting down broken yellow lines, the council has also proposed putting up "no exit" and "road not suitable for long vehicles" signs. Taylor said he was delighted the council had finally, seemingly, vindicated his years of work, which fell into a legal grey area. It was, he said, not strictly illegal to paint a road. But it was illegal to paint signs purporting to be road signs - a legality he got around easily. "That is why I did them very untidily," he said, pointing out there was no way his primrose yellow road markings - done with excess interior paint could be mistaken for genuine council markings. "I wasn't trying to portray them as anything more than an amateurish local initiative." His only gripe with the council's plan was that there were no proposals for new road markings near the top of the street where the fire engine struggled to get through, although there were existing ones nearby.

Holloway Road in Wellington where a local resident has painted dotted yellow lines to prevent cars paring on the narrow road. He never had permission to paint the lines, but said he planned to continue doing so until

A council spokeswoman confirmed that painting fake road markings was indeed illegal but, in this instance, the council favoured working with Taylor over taking legal action.


Coromandel loop made safer for riders Construction has begun on a $2.5 million project to install a range of treatments aimed at keeping motorcyclists safer on the Northern Coromandel Loop. Safer Rides, the multi-agency project, builds on a pilot undertaken in 2014 on the Southern section of the loop. NZ Transport Agency Director Safety and Environment, Harry Wilson says the goal of the Safer Rides project is to reduce the number of motorcyclists dying or being seriously injured on the popular route.

landing sites. Innovative road markings were installed earlier this year and are being evaluated. Mr Wilson says “these initiatives were trialled on the Southern Coromandel loop and we have had some good feedback from riders, although it is too soon to say whether they have reduced the number of motorcyclist deaths and serious injuries.” An education campaign will be running over summer reminding riders to ‘keep their head in the game’ with advertising, riding tips along the route and information in motorcycle shops and online

More consistent speed limits to improve safety through Kaiwaka Changes to speed limits on State Highway 1 through Kaiwaka township will make it safer for residents and road users.

“The 190km Northern section of the loop on SH25 between Thames and Hikuai, is a popular route with motorcyclists because of the challenges it provides. Sadly it has a disproportionately high number of motorcyclists dying or being seriously injured" says Mr Wilson. Between 2012 and 2016, 2 percent of the vehicles that travel on the route were motorcycles but they represented 50 percent of all fatalities. ACC Head of Injury Prevention Isaac Carlson says "we want to make the road more friendly for motorcyclists by making a range of improvements to the road itself. We'll also continue to help riders better prepare for the unique challenges of riding in the Coromandel with rider training.” “The focus of the project is simple – to help keep riders on their bikes, but if they do come off to make those crashes survivable. And if they need medical treatment, getting them access to it as quickly as possible,” says Mr Carlson. The safety improvements should be completed by mid-December and include: safety barriers, improvements to the road surface and drainage features, signs before sharp corners, sealing rural property entrances to prevent loose gravel from straying onto the road, and rescue helicopter

Following support and positive public feedback and consultation the NZ Transport Agency is introducing more consistent speed limits, which means there will be lower limits over a greater stretch of the highway. “By introducing just one speed limit that is clearly signposted and doesn’t change part way through the township, it’s anticipated that motorists will understand what’s expected of them and are more likely to drive within the limits,” says Brett Gliddon, the Transport Agency’s System Design Manager. From later this month there will be a new 60km an hour speed limit from 285 metres northwest of Kaiwaka/Mangawhai Road to 300 metres south of Settlement Road. This means the current 100km an hour speed limit will be lowered to 60km an hour over a length of 215 metres from the south side of the bridge to the north side of the bridge at the northern end of


the township, and the current section of the road with a 70km an hour speed limit will also be reduced to 60km an hour. The area that is currently 50km an hour will rise to 60km. This will help match the speed limits better with the urban boundaries of the township. Following this change in speed limit a number of other improvements are being planned in the next few months. Large signs and road markings will be installed on the road and roadsides at both ends of the town. “Along with an electronic display this will help clearly signal and reinforce the drop in speed from 100km an hour to 60km. Further signs will be installed every 500 metres to reinforce the reduced speed limit,” says Brett Gliddon. A pedestrian refuge is also being built near the Italian Bakery to improve safety for pedestrians. “We know that reducing speeds and improving safety is a top priority for the Kaiwaka community and the Transport Agency believes these changes will encourage motorists to drop their speeds.” “This will create a better balance in helping freight and commuter vehicles travel safely and efficiently through Kaiwaka without compromising the safety and amenity of local residents and will help enhance and support the goals of the Kaiwaka Township Improvement Plan.” “Encouraging safer speeds and reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads is a top priority for the Transport Agency and in many cases the consequences of a crash can be significantly reduced or even completely avoided if drivers reduce their speeds.”

"When we looked at what work needed to be done on it, the grey was a coloured texture that was applied and we discovered that we could have any colour on there. "It opened us up about thinking about what we could do with it, to make it more attractive to people - particularly as they're coming up on a steep hill there. It's a reward to get up there." The resin surface is the same as that seen on the wellknown and popular pink cycle path on Nelson Street and cost just under $40,000. "We've had really positive feedback,'' King said. "On social media, we've been watching people's comments. My favourite one was someone who took their 4-year-old daughter and how excited she was and they had to ride up and down a couple of times." King said the rainbow-coloured bike path is thought to be the only one of its kind in New Zealand and there would be moves for similar creative ideas to be carried out when it came to public infrastructure in future.

Rainbow path paves way for Auckland cyclists There is a colourful new reason to get on your bike in Auckland, with the opening of a rainbowthemed cycle path. The Rainbow Path is part of the north-western cycleway from West Auckland's Henderson to and downtown Auckland, and runs for almost 500m next to the Unitec campus in Mt Albert. Auckland Transport's Kathryn King, manager for walking and cycling and road safety, said the idea came about as that stretch of the path needed remedial works carried out on it.

"We strive to ensure with any of our new infrastructure or opportunities for maintenance of existing infrastructure, to see what we can do to make it more attractive and more exciting for people to use. "So there'll be more opportunities for us to do things like this ... where we can make our transport infrastructure pretty world-leading.''


Northern link road between West Coast to Tasman region raises red flags Building a new road between the upper West Coast and Tasman could cost up to $900 million and would probably not offer any savings to travel times, a report has found. A business case commissioned by the Buller District Council for the proposed Wangapeka Rd – or Northern Link road – explored creating a highway between Little Wanganui on the northern West Coast and Tapawera in the Tasman District. The potential route, starting south of Karamea, has been the focus of previous evaluations and would include a new 56-kilometre road spanning Kahurangi National Park.

with the transport network and reduced reliance on the Buller Gorge route between the West Coast and Nelson region. "In summary, a new connection between the northern Buller District and the Nelson/Tasman region can deliver a range of as yet unqualified regional economic and improved resilience benefits," the report said. "It is recommended that further focused economic analysis is required as a next step before proceeding with further investigation into potential connection options."

UK’s M3 motorway gets first orange emergency area The first of a new-style smart motorway emergency stop area is being trialled on the M3 in England. The redesigned emergency area has a highly visible orange road surface and better signs to improve its visibility, according to Highways England, the wholly government-owned company responsible for modernising, maintaining and operating England’s motorways and major A roads.

The report, prepared by BECA consultants, said the new connection would be unlikely to offer travel time savings or significant safety benefits compared to the current State Highway 6 link between Westport and Nelson. The road would almost halve the journey between Karamea and Nelson from 328km to 169km though.

Work on the officially-called Emergency Refuge Areas is being done by WJ in collaboration with maintenance contractors Balfour Beatty and Colas. Smart motorways relieve congestion and improve journey times by making the hard shoulder available for use at busy periods. On some schemes, it is permanently converted into a traffic lane, known as All Lane Running.

Investment in the project would have to be extensive and was likely to include upgrades to the existing road network, notably the Karamea Bluffs section of the Karamea Highway to account for more vehicles. "Rough order cost estimates are in the order of $300m to more than $900m and given the rugged terrain, significant on-going annual maintenance costs," the report said. Construction of the road would also be highly contentious and bring about consenting issues. Benefits include enhanced access to the northeast of the South Island for visitors, a long-term link

Spaced emergency refuge areas - ERA - are provided roughly every 2.5km and are clearly marked with blue signs featuring an orange SOS telephone symbol.


This safety upgrade, using QMS Type 1 HyperGrip system, has been delivered on the 21.5km smart motorway scheme, which covers the M3 from junctions 2-4a in Hampshire and Surrey counties. Two emergency refuge areas were completed as z trial and now all ERA’s on the scheme will be afforded the same enhancement. It is planned now to apply this coloured system on all ERA’s throughout the scheme with other smart motorway contracts expressing interest. The change is part of an ongoing review into the design and spacing of emergency areas on smart motorways, said Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England chief exec

TransCalm responsive speed hump

Zimbabwean born Civil Engineer makes history with innovative 3D road safety scheme The power of optical illusions has been put to good use on London roads and the brain behind this innovative concept is Zimbabwean born Civil Engineer Urayayi Muvuti. Muvuti, who lead the development stages of the scheme when he worked for Transport for London (TFL), said that the idea behind the 3D illusions was to slow drivers down on roads. “While working for Transport for London as a Lead Design Engineer, I developed the idea of introducing 3D road markings to slow down traffic at locations where physical speed humps would be inappropriate,” said Muvuti.

TransCalm is a stand-alone bolt-down speed hump designed to persuade drivers to comply with the limit in 32kph zones and described as a ‘responsive speed control by its manufacturer Mallatite.

The TransCalm is constructed from a rubber compound containing a pneumatic cylinder, fitted with a patented valve that operates at a preset safe speed. The valve is open for drivers under normal safe use, allowing the cylinder to deflate to around 45mm, reducing the firmness of the unit. If the safe speed is exceeded, the valve closes, retaining air in the cylinder, creating a 70mm hump so that the vehicle occupants experience progressive discomfort in proportion to the speed of the vehicle passing over the unit. TransCalm comes in 3.3m strips to cover a full lane width and weighs around 130kg. With a total width of 900mm, the TransCalm hump is also said to generate less noise when a vehicle rolls over it than other traditional asphalt or rubber bolt-down equivalents. Markings are reflective to suit traffic direction.

The model creates virtual speed bumps in the road which appear like the real thing from the driver’s perspective. The black and white images were stencilled onto the road as part of an 18-month venture by Transport for London and the system was first trialled in the London borough of Newham in November 2014. “Working alongside some brilliant engineers such as Sam Wright and Shaun Adam, we were able to strategize and come up with an effective optical illusion road marking of a speed hump. Once we were certain that we had something solid and that could potentially give us the results we were looking for, we approached TFLs Senior Managers, to install, for the first time in the UK, the 3D road hump marking design on a trial basis in 2014,” added Muvuti.


Using statistical analysis to show how effective the design was in reducing average traffic speeds, Muvuti said that the evidence the team gathered was so compelling that the 3D hump design was gradually installed at 45 locations in London and in the summer of last year, they were also painted on Southwark Street in South London.

to install the LifeSaver app and participate as driving members of the group.

The app scores on whether drivers unlock or use their phone while the vehicle is in motion, with less unlocking meaning a higher score. The free app shows the top scorers in each category, plus each group’s monthly score.

“The results of the trial showed that average speeds reduced by three mph (five kph), nine months after installation, which suggested that the 3D hump design was working.”

The campaign comes as the result of the recommendations from a statewide task force that was convened by ODOT’s director, Matthew Garrett, in 2016, which recommended a positive approach to the problem. The recent and similar ‘Boston’s Safest Driver’ competition used gamification to reduce phone-based distracted driving by 47%.

Oregon launches campaign to reduce distracted driving The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has partnered with mobile software developer LifeSaver to introduce friendly competition to encourage motorists to drive without distractions. Nearly 500 people lost their lives on Oregon roads in 2016, reversing a decade’s worth of reductions in fatalities, with crash data analysis pointing toward distracted driving as being a contributing cause. Someone is injured by distracted driving in Oregon every three hours, and a recent survey showed that over 75% of drivers admit to doing it, but almost the same number disapprove of other people driving distracted. Recent research by Southern Oregon University on behalf of ODOT, described the problem as “an epidemic”. ODOT has partnered with LifeSaver to help reduce distracted driving by using the established technique of ‘gamification’, as part of the agency’s DriveHealthy’ campaign. Starting on September 1, ODOT and its partners, AAA of Oregon/Idaho and the Oregon State Police, are inviting groups to form up and compete with each other, to see who is Oregon’s safest driver. Participating organizations will sign up, then create a special DriveHealthy portal account used to invite drivers

The Oregon campaign also encourages local road safety advocates to help reduce distracted driving in their communities. The DriveHealthy website includes links to toolkits where advocates can do their own observational studies of distracted driving in their community and petition local jurisdictions to pass proclamations and policies to encourage healthy driving. “As a culture, I think we’re ready for a change,” said ODOT’s communications manager Tom Fuller. “The stories of deaths and injuries from distracted driving are as horrific as they are preventable. Healthy driving is our way of changing the conversation from shaming a negative behavior, to encouraging a positive one.”

Colas and US Partners Global Launch of First Autonomous Road Safety Vehicle Colas in partnership with US companies Royal Truck and Equipment (RT&E) and Micro Systems


Inc. (MSI) have developed the world’s first Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle (AIPV) for use on the World’s highways to protect the lives of road workers. Today’s launch sees the AIPV being used live onsite in Colorado, United States. The introduction of autonomous technology in an IPV is to remove the requirement of a driver in a vehicle that has been designed to be used as a mobile crash barrier protecting road workers and equipment from errant vehicles on the world’s busy highways. Although considerable advances have been made in recent years to lower the risk of fatalities and accidents through various industry incentives, incidents involving road workers still happen.

cooperative intelligent transport systems technologies as part of its Connected and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI)," Mr Bailey said. The government will recruit about 500 Ipswich residents and retrofit their vehicles with cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) technology for on-road testing from 2019. C-ITS allows vehicles to communicate with other vehicles, traffic signals and roadside infrastructure to share real-time safety-related warnings, with CITS devices to also be installed on arterial roads and motorways - but the driver is in control. A small number of cooperative automated vehicles will also be tested on public and private roads in Queensland.

Fitted with an electro-mechanical applique kit and fully integrated sensor suite, the Autonomous IPV utilizes a Leader/Follower capability that enables the unmanned AIPV to follow a driver operated Leader Vehicle. Navigation data that includes vehicle speed and heading is transmitted from the Leader vehicle to the Follower vehicle enabling the Follower vehicle to use the data to follow the exact path and speed of the Leader vehicle at each point along the route. Initially deployed for use in the US Military, the drone technology has been tailored by RT&E and MSI for use in the highways industry. See more here

Queensland is preparing for driverless cars to hit the streets Queensland is preparing for driverless and connected vehicles, with an upcoming on-road testing trial. Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey Queensland was already preparing for driverless and connected vehicles, with planning for the largest on-road testing trial in Australia. "TMR [Transport and Main Roads] is in the planning stages of Australia's largest trial of

Speaking at the Australian ITS Summit in Brisbane, Mr Bailey said C-ITS devices used traffic and road infrastructure data to provide safety warnings about a range of conditions. "For example, a pedestrian crossing at a signalised intersection, a red light runner or a queue ahead," he said. "These rapidly developing cooperative and automated vehicle technologies could significantly reduce crashes and congestion and also reduce vehicle emissions and fuel use." The CAVI project is co-funded by the Motor Accident Insurance Commission and will be delivered with support from Ipswich City Council and other organisations. Mr Bailey said automated vehicles which were not connected to each other, known as "introverted" vehicles, had promising benefits. "But they also have limitations, they can't see around a corner, or know if there's a crash a kilometre down the road," he said.


"According to Volvo, the road space required between connected and automated vehicles is half that of introverted vehicles - this means we could double potentially the capacity on our roads." Mr Bailey said an extroverted vehicle could talk directly to other cars, reduce crashes and improve traffic flow. "Automated vehicles can and will I believe reduce the risk of crashes linked to alcohol, distraction, drugs and fatigue, making our roads much safer," he said.

fatalities amongst pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and vehicle occupants rose by 11%, 21%, 8% and 1% respectively. Of note however was the 17% drop in road deaths for moped riders during the 12 month period, and which represents a 52% fall compared with the figures for 2010.

Counting the high cost of road crashes for Australia Australia pays a heavy penalty for road crashes, according to a report by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA). In addition to the personal tragedy involved, road crashes cost Australia’s economy a loss of A$29.7 billion in 2015 according to the AAA. The number of road crashes in Australia climbed 4% between 2006 and 2015 and reached 679,359. However road fatalities dropped by around 25% to 1,205 between 2006 and 2015. Improved vehicle safety and occupant protection has played a role in reducing the rate of death and serious injuries. The AAA also pointed out that while the fatality rate has been reduced, the annual cost of crashes has actually remained fairly constant.

French road deaths cause for concern France has achieved major results in reducing road deaths in the last 10 years but now appears to have hit a barrier with regard to better road safety. The figures for road deaths in July 2017 were better than for 2016. There were 346 fatalities in July 2017 compared with 356 road deaths in July 2016. However there were 5,121 crashes in July 2017, an increase of 41 from July 2016. At the same time there were 7,204 injuries in July 2017, an increase of 226 from July 2016, although serious injuries requiring hospitalisation dropped by 167 to 2,589. Over the entire year ending in July 2017, road deaths, injuries and crashes all saw increases. There were 58,994 crashes reported in this time period, an increase of 2,048 from the previous 12 months, while deaths and injuries climbed by 3,634 to 78,643. There were 3,527 people killed in road crashes in the 12 months to July 2017, an increase of 27 from the previous 12 months. Road

South Korea road safety plan: tackling tired driving South Korea intends to boost road safety by tackling a key issue, drowsy driving. The country’s Transport Ministry has prioritised addressing tired driving following a series of crashes and road fatalities. Bus firms in the capital Seoul as well as Incheon and Gyeonggi Province are being required to install safety equipment during 2017, including lane departure warning and forward collision warning systems. The Transport Ministry also wants to make automatic braking technology a requirement for coaches, vans and trucks during 2018.

Japan’s older drivers face more checks A new study in Japan has highlighted the need to address the ability of older drivers to optimise road safety and cut crashes. The study looked specifically at how best to avoid road crashes caused by a deterioration in the physical condition of each driver. This research was carried out by Keio University's Centre for Integrated Medical Research's Mineko Baba. Japanese road crash data shows that in 2016, there were 459 fatal incidents involving drivers aged 75 years or over. These 459 fatal crashes accounted for 13% of the total number of incidents involving road deaths. This figure showed a 7.4% increase from the number recorded 10years ago. Of note is that in 2016, 345,000 gave up their driving licences, an increase of 21% from the previous year. Japan does have an ageing population and with longer lifespans, the problem looks likely to increase.


Industry News Robert Ross retires from Ross Roadmarkers Recently retired, Robert Ross looks back over his time in the roadmarking industry:

testing program and in 1984 Ross Roadmarkers were one of the first companies to achieve this nightmare of a test (Ed: Ross Roadmarkers came in with certificate number 18 on 2 July 1984) In May 1989 my father and founder of Ross Roadmarkers passed away. This left me at the helm of a successful business with five greater Auckland contracts, a 6 day a week job that kept our small teams busy as did the advent of Flush medians. I remember (NZRF Chairman) Bill Caplin calling me and saying, "You need to get over to Glenfield and look at a truck with a BIG BLUE Pump !!" Late one night, sneaking up the drive, and low and behold, a new Ford Trader, with a Big Blue Paint Pump on board, Graco. What the … ! Brian Cox was in town and very soon we learnt about High Pressure airless spray and the speeds achieved on his newly won National Roads Board Motorway contract

I undertook training at the Devonport Naval Base from 1968 and completed a Sheet Metal Trade qualification in 1973 with a 1st equal pace in my class. It's quite strange now being on the “Outside” looking back at the past 45 years and just how fast the journey has been In the 1970' s we matched high pressure tank paint systems to Kelly Creswell guns, These always left a dribble on the road It was what we at the time believed was the “right thing to do”, so we continued down an awkward path of Health & Safety and lumbering machines Life consisted of Commer, or Bedford, British rust buckets. We opted for VW Kombi utilities and installed 1800cc industrial engines, a great combination In 1976 I built the first – ride on Hydrostatic, twin colour machine, and continued to redesign and build a further 17 Category A & B machines over a 30 year period. The majority of these machines are still fit for purpose and performing well today, Many thanks to Reece & Jones Engineering, where I had a free hand in their workshops. NZRF, National Roads Board & Engineering Consultants Beca Carter were in play with the E3

This was the Game Changer. Airless Spray became a Hot Topic and created a flurry of activity in redesign and compliance. What a winner it is, a system that worked and continues to work so efficiently today. Ross Roadmarkers have fared well in a competitive market, with wider brighter lines setting the standard I am very happy to say, we lost no employees during my time, as we encouraged high standards with Health & Safety. Along the way we developed what I believe was the first LED arrow board. I believe Ross Roadmarkers are the last foundation member of the NZRF to restructure into a group. My Interest’s have now passed over to Traffitech Auckland.


I have gained a wealth of knowledge along the way and will always enjoy the industry and can’t get “That White Line” out of my head Many thanks to all those who have supported me, Ross Roadmarkers, federation conferences and business opportunities Keep up the Good work

Robert Busuttil returns to Australia

Peter Benfell takes up his position early September and says, "I'm passionate about the vital role the Infrastructure sector has in New Zealand and how important this is in building and maintaining a strong and vibrant society and economy. "Vocational education and life-long learning are crucial to the success of the industries and we live in a fast-paced world, with exponential change. Connexis has a key leadership role in effectively dealing with and harnessing this change."

Robert will finish up as Principal Surfacings Engineer at NZTA on 6th October.

He has taken up a similar role with VicRoads based in Melbourne, commencing early November. Robert has spent the last 20 years in various pavement surfacing technical roles in the public and private sectors in Australia. He started out in rural road construction which led him into the dark world of surfacings where he has spent the majority of his career providing direction and leadership on surfacings selection, design and construction as well as the development and delivery of surfacings training. In 2015 Robert joined the NZ Transport Agency as Principal Surfacings Engineer where he was involved in setting standards and guidelines on bituminous surfacings and road marking

New Chief Executive at Connexis New Connexis Chief Executive Peter Benfell is joining the organisation at a time of major growth and investment for the Infrastructure industry and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

Peter's previous roles include Director of Innovation and Research at Opus International Consultants, an Infrastructure consultancy firm, for the past 6 years. Here he led Opus’ R&D team of 50 and was responsible for Opus’ research and innovation activities globally. Prior to this Peter was General Manager, Agriculture & Environment at AgResearch, leading a nationwide team of 300 scientists and technical staff. Peter is a chemical and materials engineer with more than 30 years’ experience and has held general management roles in the private sector and government agencies. Upcoming Events NZTA/NZIHT Symposium 6th - 8th November 2017 Trinity Wharf, Tauranga www.nziht.co.nz ATSSA 48th Annual Convention and Traffic Expo 26th - 30th January 2018 San Antonio, Texas www.atssa.com InterTraffic 20th - 23rd March 2018 Amsterdam www.intertraffic.com


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