Tourism - Overseas licence holders involved in fatal and injury crashes 1995–2016

Ministry of Transport


Overseas driver: a driver in a crash who was driving on an overseas licence.
Fatal injuries: injuries that result in death within 30 days of the crash.
Serious injuries: fractures, concussions, internal injuries, crushings, severe cuts and lacerations, severe general shock necessitating medical treatment and any other injury involving removal to and detention in hospital.
Minor injuries: injuries of a minor nature such as sprains and bruises.
Crash severity: is defined by the most severe injury in the crash.
At-fault: The behaviour of several drivers may contribute to a crash, but only one driver is assigned the primary responsibility. This driver is called the at-fault driver. The determination of primary responsibility is based on crash movements and crash cause factors assigned in the Crash Analysis System. It is not based on legal liability or court conviction. Fault/responsibility here only considers driver and rider factors contributing to the crash. There may also be road or system factors that contributed to the crash.
Failed to adapt to New Zealand driving conditions: This factor is used when the fact that an overseas driver failed to adapt to New Zealand driving conditions contributed to the crash. This includes drivers who were not used to our driving conditions or who didn’t understand or remember NZ road rules – for example, drivers from countries that drive on the right, driving on the wrong side of the road, or not understanding give way rules.

Limitations of the data

A person can drive on an appropriate overseas licence or international permit for up to 12 months in New Zealand (from when they last entered New Zealand), however they must convert it to a New Zealand licence if they wish to drive after this time. While some information is gathered on whether the driver on an overseas licence is a short-term visitor, student, or migrant, this is not always known.
Crash data for 2016 was extracted from CAS on 20 June 2017.

Data provided by

Ministry of Transport

Dataset name

Overseas Driver Crashes 2017


How to find the data

At URL provided, download the full report in PDF format. Figure.NZ copied and reformatted the available tables into a spreadsheet for processing purposes.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Overseas Driver Crashes 2017

From the dataset Overseas Driver Crashes 2017, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: Appendix 1
  • Range: B142:G163
  • Provided: 132 data points

Dataset originally released on:

September 08, 2017

About this dataset

This dataset presents information on the crash involvement of people driving on an overseas licence and how this has changed over time.
The information here is limited to drivers. Overseas drivers are identified in the NZ Transport Agency’s Crash Analysis System (CAS) by their licence status. Visitor status information is not collected for passengers, cyclists, pedestrians or other road users injured in road crashes.