50 Years of Achievement
TRAFINZ has a 50-year record of achievement. One of New Zealand’s older local authority based organisations, it began life as the New Zealand Traffic Institute, to represent those councils with their own departments for the enforcement of both traffic and parking regulations.
As the responsibilities of local authorities have changed, so the organisation’s focus changed from general traffic enforcement, to a wider interest in pursuing all aspects of road safety. In more recent years this focus had broadened to also encompass traffic management in general, roading reform, effective community involvement, environmental issues, parking and transport planning.
Today TRAFINZ works under an agreed protocol with Local Government New Zealand with a clear brief to make a significant difference in terms of government policy and regulation.
What is Trafinz doing?
Investigated and promoted changes to the right hand rule leading to the change to be implemented in March 2012.
Working with MOT on the implementation of "Safer Journeys".
Informing our members and sharing information through networking, annual conferences and this website.
Made submissions on the draft GPS intersection priority and other rules and on the changes to Financial Assistance Rates (FAR).
What has Trafinz done?
Developed position papers on and promoted changes to parking fines and presented a submission to the Transport and Environment Select Committee which led to the first increase in 12 years.
Developed guidelines in 2001 for the safe design of pedestrian facilities, particularly in the context of street improvement projects.
Investigated and promoted changes in driver licensing legislation, and supported the changes such as the new photo driver licence.
Investigated and trialed red light camera technology in Auckland in partnership with the Police.
Represented local authorities on national working groups convened by the Land Transport Safety Authority and successor organisations.
Promoted giving local authorities the power to enforce certain mobile traffic offences especially illegal use of bus lanes.