Transport Agency staff break speed limit: Brake reaction

Road safety charity Brake says it is "extremely disappointed" at the news that NZ Transport Agency staff have been tracked exceeding the speed limit thousands of times in company vehicles

Caroline Perry, Brake's NZ Director said: "It's extremely disappointing to see this behaviour from people who are meant to be promoting road safety and encouraging safe driving. Speed is a huge issue, with speeding a factor in a large number of crashes. Simple physics tells us that the faster you travel, the greater your stopping distance, and the bigger the force of impact if you crash.

Road crashes are devastating; they wreck lives. There are thousands of people who drive on work purposes every day and it’s essential that both those drivers, and their employers, do everything they can to keep themselves and other road users safe.

We strongly urge the Transport Agency to look at its internal policies and fleet management measures for its at-work drivers, to start leading by example in this area."

Brake works with companies to help them to manage the road risk of their at-work drivers through its Brake Professional service, a global not-for-profit membership service that provides practical road safety management tools to improve fleet safety, including regular events, guidance reports, and other resources.

Read more about Brake's work at www.brake.org.nz.

Read more about Brake Professional at www.brakepro.org.

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