- Hon. Phil Twyford MPMinister of Transport
- Hon. Julie Anne Genter MPAssoc. Minister of Transport
NZ Road Safety must include Horse Riders.
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Horse riders are legal road users, but are not currently included in the national master plan for road safety "Safer Journeys". Our legislation is well behind other nations in recognizing the importance of sharing the roads . Our roads must be safe for all.
Change current Road Legislation for horse riders, to at least match current Australian legislation, by:
- allow horses on shared paths.
- allow local authorities to create bridleways (walk-cycle-horse) on roads (they cannot under current law)
- Specifically allow horse riders on verges (current legislation is unclear), and if necessary for safety, on paths (as per current Australian legislation).
- Ensure that Councils and Road Authorities recognise the role that verges (unformed road surfaces) play in the safety of pedestrians and horse riders in rural areas.
Set specific road speed 20kph (same as passing school buses) in road rules for passing horses (not a vague 'slow down'), or at least require drivers to follow hand-signals from riders.
Injuring, or killing a ridden (or driven) horse must be an offence.
- Hitting a horse implies that the driver would have hit the person!
- It is not currently an offence to kill a ridden (or driven) horse.
Road design, and road works (implementation) MUST make rural roads safe for walkers, cyclists AND HORSE RIDERS. This means:
- ensuring verges are safe for walkers, or horse riders. Verges are frequently destroyed by current road design standards/building; creating drains, culverts or putting obstacles on the verge such as barriers or signs (for vehicles) that endanger those who need to use the verges for their safety.
- speed limits that allow pedestrians, horses, and cycles in rural communities with no paths, and no road margin, to use the road safely.
- All road safety plans must recognise all road users on an even footing. Recognising that walkers, cyclists, AND HORSE RIDERS must have safe passage on our roads.
Our rural roads must be safe for ALL to use.
Please don't wait for the next horse to be killed, or rider injured.
- Minister of Transport
Hon. Phil Twyford MP
- Assoc. Minister of Transport
Hon. Julie Anne Genter MP
I support the petition from NZ Horse Network to change the current "Safer Journeys" national road safety plan to include horse riders, and change current road legislation to make roads safer for horse riding and pedestrians.
Horse riders are being injured, horses killed, and displaced from the roads even on short journeys because they feel unsafe. There are no provisions for equestrians in road design standards, and they are ignored in road safety plans.
We must have change now that makes our roads safer for everyone. Don't wait for the next horse to be killed, or rider injured.
- road design standards that make verges safe for walkers, or horse riders, or at least doesn't make them more dangerous every time the road is "improved" for vehicles.
- Recognition that pedestrians and horse riders need a 'safe haven'. Rural verges are not just a place for signs, drainage or as runoff for out of control vehicles. They are important places for the safe passage of non-motorised travellers, and must be recognised as such.
-Road safety plans must recognise ALL road users on an even footing. Walkers, cyclists, AND HORSE RIDERS must have safe passage on our roads.
Please change current Road Legislation for horse riders, to at least match current Australian legislation, by:
- changing the current legislation that bans horses from shared paths. Allow local communities to design for their own needs.
- allow local roading authorities to create bridleways (walk-cycle-horse) on roads (there is no provision for them to do so currently)
- Specifically allow horse riders on verges in rural areas (current legislation is so unclear few understand the wording or intent.
- Whenever necessary for safety, allow horses on paths (as per current Australian legislation)
- Set specific road speed ( we suggest 20kph, same as passing school buses) in road rules for passing horses (not a vague 'slow down'), but at least include the requirement to follow hand signals given by a rider.
- Specific offences for injuring a ridden or lead horse. Hitting a horse implies that the driver would have hit the person!
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