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15 August 2003


A new handbook which lays down guidelines for utility providers working in the road, is likely to reduce 'road rage' amongst drivers and pedestrians, annoyed by the level of disruption.

It is generally acknowledged that the current road management framework delivers inconsistent results, which the handbook, recently released by Standards New Zealand (SNZ), will address.

"The handbook aims to promote national consistency in the quality for acceptable opening and reinstatement of roads," SNZ General Manager Business Relationships Pat Duffy says.

SNZ developed the handbook in association with the New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group and local government, as part of a new initiative which has come to be known as Project Road Share.

Tim Davin, the chair of the NZUAG says that "for the first time local government, network utility providers and contractors will have access to a nationally recognised code of practice that will provide consistent standards for working in the road throughout New Zealand. The adoption of the code is a 'win win' situation for everyone. It will ensure efficient use of the road reserve, as roadworks will be planned and undertaken in a transparent, co-operative and consistent way."

He adds "while consumers wish to benefit from the competition amongst different utility providers, there is a limit to the level of disruption on our roads which this necessitates, and which they are prepared to tolerate".

The handbook also promotes ongoing dialogue, effective information exchange and co-operation between all parties managing and using the road reserve. SNZ HB 2002:2003 Code of practice for working in the road can be purchased from SNZ Sales by phoning 0800 782 632, fax: (04) 498 5994, or direct from the SNZ web shop at


For further information contact:
Meryl Richards
SNZ Public Relations
Ph: (04) 498 3986