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14 December 2021
[FYI request #17802 email]
Thank you for your email of 2 December 2021 regarding temporary traffic management for special
events. Your correspondence has been referred to me as it falls within my responsibilities as National
Manager for programme and standards.
As your request is asking for an interpretation of a publicly available document, rather than
information, your request does not fall within the definition of Official Information as stated in section 2
of the Official Information Act 1982 and has not been considered under the Act. However, we have
provided a response below to your queries.
The Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management does not go into the level of detail described
in your email, as approval of a traffic management plan (TMP) depends on a number of things such as
location, safety considerations and type of transport system impact. In theory, you could submit a TMP
to a Road Controlling Authority (RCA) for 300 days over a 12-month period, as TMP’s can only be
approved for a maximum 12-month period.
The RCA assesses applications based on the TMP fitting in with their works programme and on their
network without significant impact. As the RCA for state highways, we would likely decline if there is
not a reasonable need for the closure or temporary traffic management.
If you would like to discuss this matter further with Waka Kotahi, you are welcome to contact Danny
Wood, Principal Traffic and Safety Engineer, by email at [email address].
National Manager Programme and Standards