Road Safety

Roads, Parking & Transport

Road safety

Road safety within Timaru is carried out by the South Canterbury Road Safety Coordinator (RCS). The primary responsibility of the South Canterbury Road Safety Coordinator (RSC) is to coordinate the efforts of key road safety organisations and community groups throughout the District. There is no charge for this service. Coordinators have an integral role in reducing road trauma in New Zealand and are appointed to facilitate and manage local efforts to reduce identified road safety issues in their areas.

South Canterbury Road Safety (SCRS) is tasked with promoting and educating the community about road safety. SCRS’s aim is to reduce the amount of incidences of road trauma and crashes throughout South Canterbury, and work closely with other road safety partners to achieve this goal.

Tips for safe winter driving

Extra care and attention is vital when driving through the Timaru District in the winter months. Adverse weather conditions are more prevalent in winter and road users need to adjust their driving behaviour accordingly. A particular hazard is black ice, which forms in many places in our District. It is difficult to see and extremely dangerous to drivers who are not aware of it. Weather conditions are often recorded as contributing factors to fatal and serious injury crashes. You can prepare yourself for driving safely in winter by:

  • Checking the weather and road conditions before you drive
  • Ensuring your vehicle is serviced regularly and safe to drive
  • Ensuring your car's heater, fans, wipers, defrosters, and demisters are working
  • Making sure all indicators and all lights are working
  • Putting antifreeze into your car’s engine during winter
  • Ensuring your windscreen is clean both inside and out

School travel planning

Lifestyle changes and influences globally, mean more and more people rely on private transport for their daily activities impacting on the way children travel to and from school. The increase in the number of cars on our roads impacts negatively on the health of school children, through reduced physical activity as well as creating an unsafe environment around schools. It also impacts on transport costs, traffic congestion and the environment.

Since 2007, the Timaru District Council, with the assistance of Community and Public Health have been developing and implementing School Travel Plans for a number of local schools. School travel plans are increasingly being seen as a key contributor towards safe transport with schools becoming involved for the following reasons:

  • Safety around children's journeys to and from school
  • Traffic congestion, particularly around the school entrance
  • Environmental awareness.

For more information about creating a School Travel Plan in your school, visit this website:

Last updated: 26 Jul 2021