With hundreds of thousands of motorists driving their vehicles on New Zealand roads, traffic safety has become more important. A single mistake, whether committed by a driver, a pedestrian, or a road or civil construction worker, can lead to major accidents.
As such, all types of road construction projects should involve the use of traffic cones and other safety equipment. This will help keep workers and motorists safe, and the flow of traffic smooth.
The primary roles
Road safety equipment serves the primary function of ensuring the safety of everyone who uses the road. Safety markings must be present on all types of roads, whether they are small country roads or lengthy highways. They are highly important because they notify motorists of a specific direction. Safety cones, for example, inform drivers of traffic rerouting with their highly visible white and orange stripes.
Essentially, these pieces of equipment indicate one form of traffic-related condition or another, ensuring the safety of motorists, pedestrians and those who work on the roads. They can indicate areas where traffic merges, as well as speed restrictions, lanes with specific instructions and even hazards.
Traffic management standards according to the NZTA
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) implements specific rules and regulations in cases involving the use of traffic safety equipment. For instance, the materials used for all safety cones must be made of flexible polymer or similar. They should likewise possess the ability to maintain their upright position, even in the worst conditions.
There is no compromise when it comes to the safety of everyone who uses the New Zealand roads, as well as the people who work to improve them. Construction companies or government contractors must always use high-quality road safety equipment and signs to reduce or avoid accidents.