Posties get behind Road Safety Week

7 May 2015

More than 120 posties are set to become road safety leaders thanks to a partnership between New Zealand Post and ACC.

New Zealand Post and ACC are getting behind road safety with a specialised training initiative for posties on motorcycles.

New Zealand Post Head of Safety and Wellbeing Parvez Akbar says the safety leadership initiative is about providing hands-on training that supports posties to prioritise and advocate for road safety.

“Road safety has always been a priority for New Zealand Post, but with Kiwis sending more parcels, more of our posties need additional specialised training to deliver mail on motorcycles.

“The partnership with ACC gives our posties access to Ride Forever, an industry leading programme as well as in-house training, to ensure they have the skills to continue to work safely,” Parvez Akbar said.

“New Zealand Post’s learning pathway includes basic handling skills, a theory test, practical skills training, mentor support, planned practice as well as the ACC Ride Forever Bronze and Silver programmes.

“Fifty nine new motorcycle posties have been through training in the last month. Twenty four of our best and most experienced motorcycle posties have been selected as mentors to support others undertaking training.”

ACC Head of Injury Prevention Partnerships and Delivery Emma Powell says ACC is pleased to partner with New Zealand Post and to support its posties in becoming road safety advocates.

“We’ve contracted the best trainers in New Zealand to deliver a quality programme which is relevant to riders at all levels. New Zealand Post’s motorcycle posties will be going through the Ride Forever programmeOpens in a new window. to ensure they are highly-skilled and safety-conscious riders.

“The courses are a mix of theory and on-road riding, with at least 70% of the training spent on the bike, on local roads,” Emma Powell said.

“Road Safety Week rightly puts risk on our roads in the spotlight. This training programme for posties in one of many we have underway to reduce risk on our roads.”

New Zealand Post mentors participate in training in Wellington .

New Zealand Post mentors participate in training in Wellington.

New Zealand Post trainer Paul Laugalis.

New Zealand Post trainer Paul Laugalis.