24 Jun 2010

NZ highways to get new safety ratings

7:39 pm on 24 June 2010

A new system for rating the safety of the nation's roads has been unveiled at Parliament.

It assigns sections of the state highway network with between one and five stars.

The New Zealand Road Assessment Programme, or KiwiRAP, has been devised by the Automobile Association in conjunction with police and government agencies.

The AA's Mike Noon told an audience of about 50 people that the system can help improve driver knowledge of the relative safety of the roads they use.

Transport Minister Steven Joyce says the programme identifies areas where road improvements are needed and will help motorists to understand and drive to the road conditions.

With 89% of state highways assessed, none have been given the highest rating of five stars and only 5% get four.