Read the full Transport Policy
We can give people more choices, and make our streets safer.
Smarter transport will be better for economy and our environment.
We can have healthier and more vibrant communities as well as cheaper, easier and greener ways of getting around
- A greater emphasis on sustainable transport systems.
- Transport must meet rural and urban needs and will help create thriving communities.
- Good access to safe transport for people of all ages and abilities.
- Effective participation in transport decisions by local communities and Maori.
- Transport decisions must take into account the economic, social, health and environmental effects of transport choices.
Specific Policy Points
- Pass the Climate Change (Transport Funding) Bill to rebalance expenditure from the National Land Transport Fund, over five years, towards support for sustainable transport solutions (such as public transport, rail freight, coastal shipping, active modes and travel demand management)
- Fund up to 100% of projects for public transport, cycling, and walking infrastructure and regional transport centres, that are approved by the New Zealand Transport Agency.
- Encourage freight to be shifted off roads and onto rail and coastal shipping.
- Encourage the development of hybrid sea vessels (eg wind/solar).
- Develop a national long-distance rail passenger transport strategy.
- Encourage regional councils to develop more integrated public transport systems.
- Maintain and expand electric public transport, such as trolley buses and electric trains.
- End the tax exemption on diesel, so diesel users pay their fair share of social and environmental costs.
- Develop fuel efficiency standards for all motor vehicles entering New Zealand
- Make emissions testing part of warrant of fitness inspections.
- Retain public control and management of roads; oppose new private toll roads.
- Oppose plans to fast-track roading projects through the Resource Management Act.
- Help schools and communities make walking and cycling safer for children.
- More walking school buses.
- Develop a nationwide network of safe, attractive cycleways.
- Retain a public stake in Air New Zealand; oppose the sale of Air New Zealand shares to foreign airlines, especially competitors.
- Strengthen the RMA so adverse environmental effects (eg noise, air and water pollution) of transport can be controlled.
- Encourage integrated land-use planning; help communities move away from car-orientated 'big-box' retailing, towards 'urban village' models of development.