Wednesday, Apr 24 07:06pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Scott McLaughlin joins Auckland Transport as ambassador

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship winner Scott McLaughlin has paired up with Auckland Transport as a road safety ambassador.


Twice voted the Most Popular Driver in the Supercars Championship, McLaughlin is a fan favourite among Australians and New Zealanders alike.


In his new role McLaughlin will support Auckland Transport’s young driver education programs.


“When I saw that 64 people died and 749 were seriously injured on our roads in 2017, I wanted to be involved and use my reach to lower that risk. We don’t want those numbers to keep rising,” McLaughlin said.


“I drive for a living, but I know when you’re on the road, where there are people walking, cycling and others driving, that you need to be safe. There is just too much at risk.”


It adds to McLaughlin’s activities outside of the Supercars sphere. The 25-year-old who was born in Christchurch but was brought up in Hamilton is a patron of KartSport New Zealand.


Chief Executive Shane Ellison said Auckland is facing a road safety crisis and the partnership with McLaughlin is one way for Auckland Transport to connect with locals on the issue.


“Scott is an internationally respected driver with huge success on the track, and he will make a great ambassador for road safety in Auckland,” Ellison said.


“Improving road safety is our top priority and we look forward to working with Scott this year.”


Currently Auckland Transport are aiming to deliver a $700 million safety infrastructure acceleration programme estimated to reduce deaths and serious injuries by up to 60 per cent by 2028. It will deliver a range of safety engineering projects, including speed management at high-risk routes and locations across the region.