Fleeing driver events

The decision to flee can have significant and sometimes horrific consequences for the driver, their family and friends, the public and Police.

New Zealand Police fleeing driver policy prioritises safety over the immediate apprehension of a fleeing driver.

Therefore, Police need to ensure our response to drivers who choose to flee is appropriate and proportionate to the level of risk they pose and is as safe as possible.

Publications

As part of the recommendations from the fleeing driver review ‘Fleeing drivers in New Zealand – a collaborative review of events, practices and procedures’, the Evidence Based Policing Centre was commissioned to do research into the motivations of fleeing drivers.

Reports

Police reports quarterly on our progress against the Fleeing Driver Action Plan from the review ‘Fleeing drivers in New Zealand – a collaborative review of events, practices and procedures’.

Fleeing driver research reports
Research into the motivations of fleeing drivers conducted by the Evidene Based Policing Centre (EBPC).

Fleeing driver news

View news articles pertaining to fleeing drivers

Policy supporting safer approach to fleeing drivers

Police partners with Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) and the Ministry of Transport to deliver the Road to Zero Strategy for 2020-2030. It sets out our vision for a New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes.

We are committed to making our roads safer and that’s why we undertook to revise our fleeing driver policy which was released in December 2020.

The decision to flee can have significant and sometimes horrific consequences for the driver, their family and friends, the public and Police. Therefore, we need to ensure our response to drivers who choose to flee is appropriate and proportionate to the level of risk they pose and is as safe as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a fleeing driver event?


A fleeing driver is a driver who has been signalled to stop by a constable but fails to stop or remain stopped, or a driver who flees as a result of Police presence, whether signalled to stop or not.

When was the fleeing driver policy last revised?


Police is currently reviewing the policy. It was last revised in 2020 and before that, in 2016.