Construction industry study
To improve understanding about cost pressures on road maintenance, operations and renewals, the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) was commissioned to undertake research in 2013.
Drug driving research
The Ministry of Transport commissioned the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited to reanalyse blood specimens taken from drivers. Find out more about Drug research on Land Transport Act blood specimens.
Environmental research in the transport sector helps inform policy development on issues including vehicle emissions and energy sources.
New Zealand National Transport Model scoping
The Ministry commissioned the Transportation Research Centre at the University of Auckland in 2014 to advise on the best design for a national transport model.
Research on Auckland
Auckland's size, growth and resulting congestion mean addressing the city's transport issues is a key focus for the government. From time to time, the Ministry commissions research to better understand Auckland's transport issues.
Road Use Patterns of Freight Vehicles
This section includes recent reports by Beca Ltd, based on GPS and other data on various samples of freight vehicles.
The economic impact of air services liberalisation
In 2013, the Ministry of Transport commissioned Covec to conduct an econometric analysis on the impact of our air services liberalisation work programme.
This report looks for opportunities to improve the regulatory environment in the transport sector. It introduces a framework to systematically scan the existing stock of regulations for regulations with a high likelihood of creating market inefficiencies.
Understanding Transport Costs and Charges
The Ministry of Transport is undertaking a study to update the knowledge of transport costs and charges.
Other research topics
- Land transport sector research (external link) : papers published under the NZ Transport Agency funding programme.
- Road safety research funding (external link) : information about the Road Safety Trust research funding programme.
- Transport research conferences: links to sites hosting papers from transport research conferences.