Find out about what changes the Land Transport Management Amendment Act (the Amendment Act) has made to the Land Transport Management Act 2003 (the Act).

View our news item summarising the changes in the Amendment Act

View the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2013(external link)

What are the changes made by the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2013?

The Amendment Act has three main components to it:

Planning and funding framework

The amendments have made changes to the Act's planning and funding framework; creating a more streamlined, simpler, and less prescriptive piece of legislation. Changes included:

  • simplifying the Act’s purpose and the decision making criteria for funding
  • consolidating national planning documents
  • consolidating regional planning documents
  • simplifying the regional transport committee structure
  • creating more flexibility in the Act to use borrowing in situations where there is a good case and it is prudent to do so
  • repealing the provision for regional fuel taxes
  • using land transport revenue to meet the costs of Ministry of
    Transport activities related to the protection of land transport revenue and the revenue system

Read the policy behind the change

Read the planning and funding framework questions and answers on the Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2013

Road tolling and public private partnership provisions

The amendments have also improved the Act’s road tolling and public private partnership provisions; reducing potential barriers to their use while maintaining a robust approval process. Changes included:

  • streamlining the decision criteria for road tolling schemes
  • relying on established procurement process to manage public-private partnerships rather than complex concession agreement provisions
  • enabling Route K, in Tauranga, to be brought under the Act’s road tolling regime
  • revising the way privacy is handled under tolling schemes, to rely on the Privacy Act 1993 and the availability of an untolled alternative route

Read the policy behind the change

Read the road tolling questions and answers on the Land Transport Management Amendment Act

Public Transport Operating Model

The amendments have established in legislation a new policy framework for planning and managing public transport, known as the Public Transport Operating Model.

The Public Transport Operating Model will provide a framework for building a long-term public transport public-private partnership between regional councils and transport operators. This will see better integration of services and more focus on customer needs. Changes include:

  • a requirement for public transport services to be provided under contract with the relevant regional council unless exempt
  • a requirement for public transport services to be arranged into ‘units’ that are recorded in a Regional Public Transport Plan
  • the insertion of a definition of a ‘unit’ as a public transport service (or a group of public transport services) that encompasses all the timetabled services operating on a route (or routes) identified in a regional public transport plan
  • a requirement for all units to be under exclusive contract to the council
  • allowing services that do not form part of a region’s core urban public transport network to be exempt from operating under contracts
  • a requirement for councils to have an ‘exempt services’ register

Read the policy behind the change

Read the questions and answers on how the Public Transport Operating Model is being implemented in the Land Transport Management Amendment Act