Road

The road network is central to New Zealand’s transport system. It is crucial to the performance of our economy, communities and our way of life. The road network on average carries 70 percent of New Zealand’s freight movements and 84 percent of the journeys to work*. Increasing road transport’s contribution to economic activity through investment, particularly in Roads of National Significance, remains vital for the government to achieve its goals of growing the economy and increasing the safety of the road system. Vital to maximising road transport’s contribution to productivity improvements will be improving national and urban networks, an efficient fleet, enhanced logistics, improved linkages between roads and other modes, and efficient public transport operations.

* Ministry of Transport, 2009.


 
Govt's
long-term 
outcomes^
 
The Ministry's planned programmes
of action            
Rationale                    Output*                         
                                      
 Impact*             
A B D Align policy on investment, planning and management of roads with the government’s desired outcomes.            Well designed policy on the planning, management and funding of the network will allow road improvements to be targeted effectively and, in the long term, ensure more efficient use of resources. Publication of the 2012-2015 Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding (GPS) in mid-2011. Contribution to the development of State highway classifications.    Increased efficiency of national and urban networks to enhance economic activity, meet affordability needs of communities and efficient use funds more efficiently.  
A D Develop and implement land transport safety and security initiatives. Safer Journeys, New Zealand’s road safety strategy 2010-2020, contains a range of measures that will reduce deaths and injuries on the roads, and is based on extensive research and consultation. Delivery of the strategy will bring positive safety outcomes. Development and implementation of action plans that deliver on Safer Journeys. Reduced number of deaths and serious injuries as a result of road crashes.
A B C D Review regulation and legislation to improve transport outcomes while streamlining and simplifying processes and reducing compliance costs for transport users. Reviewing transport legislation, regulation and rules, including the Land Transport Management Act and Road User Charges Act will enable the Ministry to streamline processes and identify opportunities to reduce compliance costs, while also offering the potential for better transport outcomes. An amendment to the Land Transport Management Act to be passed by the end of 2011. An amended Road User Charges Act to be passed before June 2011. Identification of further options to simplify and streamline transport rules and legislation. Simplified and streamlined planning and decision-making processes, along with reduced compliance costs.
B Identify options to make the land transport revenue framework more sustainable. Without change, revenue levels may not be related to use levels and may not be able to meet demand for infrastructure in the medium to long term. Advice on options to improve the sustainability of the land transport revenue framework will assist the Minister in keeping transport affordable for both users and government. Identification of further options to improve the sustainability of the land transport revenue framework. Funding basis for transport infrastructure investments and use more sustainable.
A B C D Working closely with the NZ Transport Agency and regional councils to identify and deliver options to improve value for money in public transport, walking and cycling funding and investment. Revising funding and procurement policy in relation to public transport and walking and cycling, and regulations and legislation applying to public transport have the potential to achieve greater value for money in the support for these modes by government. An amendment of the Public Transport Management Act to be passed in 2010/11. Increased value for money in the procurement of public transport infrastructure and services, and walking and cycling infrastructure.
A B D Implement the agreed standards and identify further policy options to reduce harmful emissions from road vehicles. Identify options to increase the safety and efficiency of the vehicle fleet.

Increased air quality will improve the quality of life in our cities. A safer vehicle fleet reduces road trauma and contributes to a safe transport system.

Increased energy efficiency of the vehicle fleet improves energy security and transport’s
contribution to economic productivity, while reducing greenhouse gas and harmful emissions.

Implementation of improved standards and identification of further options to improve transport-related air quality.

Identification of options to increase the safety of the vehicle fleet in line with Safer Journeys, New Zealand’s road safety strategy 2010- 2020.
 
Identification of options to increase the efficiency of the vehicle fleet in line with the New Zealand Energy Strategy.

Reduced levels of harmful emissions from road vehicles.

Safer vehicles that contribute to a safe transport system.

More efficient vehicles that reduce energy consumption and increase transport affordability.


^ A-D show the relationship between the operating intentions outlined in this section and the government’s long-term outcomes for transport.

* If not stated otherwise, the output/impact refers to the timeframe of this Statement of Intent 2010-2013.



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