Coalition accidentally misses another target

Old white men despiser, Julie Anne Genter proposed “Vision Zero” as the way to rid New Zealand of all road deaths by 2020.  After the cyclist was awarded Associate Minister of Transport status, she told Morning Report it was a crisis and urgent action was needed. Quote.

She said there would be a meeting tomorrow to prevent more people dying on the roads even as soon as the coming Christmas period.

“Tomorrow we’re meeting with Ministry of Transport, Police and NZTA, and it will be a longer meeting than what we usually have and we’ll be going through what are all the different actions we can take in the short term that will make a practical difference.

Ms Genter said people make mistakes but the goal should be no deaths. […]

“I think there is a lot more that government can do, we can put safety at the heart of our transport policy and funding and we can get better outcomes because other countries have taken a different approach, have lower rates of serious injuries and fatalities on their roads.” […]

“I’ve already signalled to officials – as we did during the campaign – that we want to investigate was would a Vision Zero approach look like in New Zealand.” End quote.

How is Genter getting on with that target?

 

The graph shows the road toll during the “nine years of neglect” (2008 is excluded as National took the reigns at the end of the year) and the 2018 figure is a pro-rata projection as at 12 November.

The orange bars are the decline needed to achieve Vision Zero by 2020.  Top priority Genter said. Quote.

“It’s absolutely tragic and it’s unacceptable that the previous National Government chose not to make safety a top priority in transport funding and policy. This new Government will.” End quote.

Yet, although the contract to replace one of the worst roads in the country was out to tender, when Twyford got the portfolio, he immediately cancelled the tender process.

Replacing a dangerous road with far too many deaths per kilometre sounds like a safety priority to me but not for the ideologically driven Twyford and Genter because roads cause cars, and cars cause CO2, and CO2 causes global warming, and global warming causes politicians’ brains to turn to mush, and they make idiotic decisions which will result in more road deaths.

But we will have a tram down Dominion Road, so everything is just peachy.


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WH is a pale, stale, male who does not believe all the doom and gloom climate nonsense so enjoys generating CO2 that the plants need to grow by driving his MG.

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