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Everyone should be able to get around affordably, safely, efficiently, and with minimal impact on the environment.

Government transport funding should prioritise moving people and freight, not cars

  • Government Policy should prioritise safe walking and cycling, reliable and affordable public transport and increasing the quality and safety of existing roads including in rural areas.
  • Funding allocation processes should direct funding to whatever projects and forms of transport move people and freight most efficiently, affordably, and cleanly.
  • Councils should have access to a range of equitable transport funding options, not just rates.

Transport choices can reduce pollution

  • The pricing and funding of transport services and infrastructure should promote environmentally sustainable transport options, including by using demand management.
  • Vehicle exhaust emissions standards should be regularly updated to ensure only clean vehicles enter the country. Fuel standards should meet or exceed international best practice.
  • Aotearoa New Zealand should work internationally to support measures that price maritime and aviation carbon emissions, and to support the development of alternative fuels.

We can switch from fossil fuels to electric vehicles

  • Government should support private car owners to switch to electric cars and lead by example by transitioning the government car fleet.
  • A nationwide electric vehicle charging network should be built.
  • Public transport funding should encourage low and zero-emissions buses and trains.

Buses and trains should be affordable, accessible, and provide quality service

  • Children, students, beneficiaries, and superannuitants should travel free or at discounted prices on buses and trains.
  • Main roads should feature bus lanes and bus priority lights at intersections.
  • Commuter and long-distance trains and buses should be accessible for people with disabilities.
  • The Government should support local businesses to provide and maintain the railways.

Transport planning should fund and facilitate safe walking and cycling

  • NZTA and councils should develop safe walking and cycling routes and networks. Councils should have walking and cycling plans in place as a condition of receiving transport funding.
  • New major government buildings such as hospitals and schools should be required to ensure pedestrian and bicycle-friendly access and safe bicycle storage.

Streets should be safe for all people

  • Transport planning should aim for zero road deaths.
  • Traffic calming measures and lower speed limits should be put in place around schools, hospitals, shopping areas and other areas with lots of pedestrians.
  • Communities should be able to request that roads get redesigned for safety reasons.
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