New guidelines to prevent tourist crashes

New guidelines to prevent tourist crashes

Best practice guidelines have been developed for rental vehicle operators to help educate international visitors on driver safety.

The Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) spearheaded development of the Safer Journey Guidelines, working with representatives from the rental vehicle and campervan sector and the New Zealand Transport Agency.

“The voluntary guidelines reflect industry good practice for communicating with visiting drivers at three key stages of their trip – when they book, when they arrive to check out their rental vehicle and during their journey around New Zealand,” says Steve Hanrahan, TIA Advocacy Manager.

“This ranges from providing links to road safety videos and travel distance calculators, to
encouraging drivers coming off long-haul flights to rest overnight before picking up their vehicle, and recommending they use GPS tour guides during the journey that broadcast regular safety messages.”

TIA is distributing the guidelines to rental vehicle and campervan operators around the country. The guidelines, which can be downloaded from TIA’s website, can also be adapted by other organisations that come into contact with visiting drivers, including travel wholesalers, visiting information centres, visitor activities and attractions, international education providers and second-hand car dealers.

Tourism Holdings chief executive Grant Webster says it is imperative that the tourism industry works collectively alongside all stakeholders in the Safer Journeys initiative to ensure continued improvement in road safety for visitors and locals alike.

“Self-drive holidays are synonymous with New Zealand tourism and we have a duty to ensure our customers are as well versed as possible about driving in New Zealand and that the New Zealand public remains supportive of the industry.

“The launch of the Safer Journeys Guidelines means that the industry will now have a consistent approach to visitor driver education. We have shown before that we can operate collectively for improvement within the industry through the Responsible Camping Forum, and we will continue to do so.“

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