Truck drivers say New Zealand's roads are appalling and the way we drive is getting worse

Truck drivers say New Zealand's roading conditions are "appalling", and in general, the way we drive is getting worse. 

The Government wants no road deaths by 2050 - but a major transport operator says we won't get there without significant investment in infrastructure and education.

Newshub was supplied multiple videos filmed this year from truck dash cameras. 

The footage shows vehicles overtaking on double lines, risky manoeuvres on blind corners and near-misses.

"It seems in this day and age, people are a whole lot more impatient. There seems to be a 'right to own the road'," Southern Milk Transport manager Brett Hamilton said.

"It could be deemed as reckless behaviour."

A video shows a blue RAV4 with no warrant of fitness and bald tyres losing traction in the wet and hitting the trailer of the truck filming. 

Allan Rolton was driving the truck. 

"He was very, very lucky. He managed to actually walk away from the whole accident. But I got out and I thought he'd be a dead cookie to be honest," Rolton said.

His colleague Rachael Croad has experienced her own near-misses.

"I've been driving for the last seven years in a large truck and trailer and the driving standard of people is definitely getting a lot worse. People's inattention, people are always rushing somewhere," Croad said.

In February, the Government launched what it's called a 'Road to Zero' safety campaign. The aim - no road deaths by 2050. 

It involves spending $2.9 billion, of which $1.2 billion will be spent on road policing. 

The funding announcement followed a review that found problems with delivering on road safety, finding "other priorities" took precedence over police road safety initiatives.

It also found the Ministry, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Police failed to work cohesively together and there was "lack of performance data" and "challenges" in making investment decisions. 

"Policing is one element of the problem, but it's very much ambulance at the bottom of the cliff," Hamilton said. 

"Our pavement conditions are appalling, to say the least - slippery surfaces, potholing."

Hamilton oversees 215 truck drivers and wants a greater emphasis on educating young drivers. 

"I think it should be a compulsory part of high school education - robust defensive driving," he said.

He wants wire barriers across the State Highway 1 network, but the review noted that's "not as easy as it might seem" as it requires widening roads which can have consequences for drainage infrastructure. 

It's a slow path to progress but in the meantime, these truck driver veterans have some advice. 

"Keep to the speed limit, take time," Rolton said.

"Just have respect on the road, it's not just you out there, everyone is out there to use it," Croad said.