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New Zealand First will ensure development of a comprehensive New Zealand Transport Strategy to guide transport planning and investment, with the goal of building an integrated transport system which will be cost effective, efficient, safe, secure and future proofed, and which will be economically socially and environmentally sustainable, with costs fairly charged to users and others who benefit, and using positive incentives as well as supporting regulation to ensure that New Zealand’s long term transport needs are met.

NEW ZEALAND’S ROADS

New Zealand First will:

  • Not allow our roads to be privatised or corporatised.  
  • See that whole road network is properly maintained so that farmers will be able to get their produce to the ports or processing plants on well-maintained roads, and so that regional New Zealand does not lose out in favour of the insatiable demands of the main centres.
  • Balance the roading needs of the main centres with the need to reduce the ever growing dependence on the motorcar. We will support practical and socially supportive and economically feasible demand management options, including affordable and convenient park and ride facilities, road space prioritisation measures, parking management and pricing incentives and disincentives, and differentiated road pricing options on major arterial routes.
  • Seek to increase funding for well-designed cycling and walking commuter routes in the cities, and to and from schools and tertiary institutions.
  • Remove charges to sit on-line computerized Driver’s Licence theory tests until a pass is achieved.
  • Look to increase resourcing of driving simulators to assist in removing cost barriers for learner drivers as they work towards completing the recommended 120 hours of practical driving.
  • Alter the culture of the Driving Test providers to one of assisting to create safe young drivers as opposed to a policy of failing young drivers to keep them off the roads which is having unintended consequences especially in rural and semi-rural areas.

ROAD TRANSPORT FUNDING

New Zealand First will:

  • Ensure that all the funds raised through fuel excise taxes and Road User Charges go into the National Land Transport Programme.
  • Replace Road User Charges with a diesel excise tax for all light diesel vehicles less than 12 tonnes, to be added at the pump in the same manner as for petrol.
  • Introduce road pricing measures over time, especially for motorways and major arterials, while phasing out fuel taxes where possible, so that the economic viability of the Land Transport Fund is maintained at an adequate level in the long term.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

New Zealand First will:

  • Make excellent quality public transport for people in all major population centres, and in regional areas where there is a need, a major priority.
  • Seek to encourage the greatest possible use of public transport, especially at peak times, for people to commute to work, to school, to hospitals, and to meet their other transport needs.
  • Make greater use of the Land Transport Fund and other sources of revenue to ensure that public transport is well resourced.
  • Subject every major new urban roading project to a requirement that its transport objectives cannot better be achieved partly or wholly through an alternative public transport option or options taking account of regional or national transport strategy criteria as well as a wide range of cost/benefit considerations including externalities and socio-economic considerations, as well as city/district and regional plans. Light rail, ferries, buses with traffic propriety measures, and off road and on road cycling and walking routes must form a part of these considerations.
  • Prioritise public transport vehicles and services in favour of electrification over liquid fuel powered vehicles and services, and in favour of high capacity vehicles and services, and in favour of high frequency services at peak times.

ROAD SAFETY

New Zealand First will:

  • Put strong emphasis on driver competence, so that the right to use our roads will be conditional on a higher standard of licensing to be achieved through better driver education and testing, and a good driving record.
  • Prioritise 200km of median barriers or safety treatments to be implemented on high volume, high speed roads over the next three years.
  • Require the NZTA to develop a National Safer Cycling Strategy aimed at reducing the number of serious cycling accidents.
  • Require the NZTA to develop a national strategy for speed limit setting that sets out guidelines for local authorities to follow.
  • Make it compulsory for repeat drink drivers or offenders caught at a BAC of 1.5+ to have an alcohol interlock installed in their vehicle immediately.
  • Introduce random saliva-based roadside drug testing.
  • Introduce safety ratings and safety features of cars being required to be displayed by dealers.
  • Introduce the Land Transport (Tourist Driver Rental Vehicle) Amendment Bill to ensure visitors from overseas can safely and competently drive on New Zealand roads. The bill would put responsibility on rental car companies, and require certain safety technologies.

RAILWAYS OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE

New Zealand First will ensure that none of New Zealand’s railway lines and other strategic railways infrastructure will be privatised.

New Zealand First’s vision includes passenger train services along all rail routes between the main centres, with connecting coach services linking outlying areas or running services between centres which don't have a railway line.

New Zealand First will develop a programme of railways of national importance (RONI) to ensure that better use of our railway network and services is achieved, with improvements and extensions where there is opportunity to significantly reduce dependence on the roading network, especially for heavy freight and bulk freight services, but also where passenger services can be redeveloped to attract sufficient demand over time.

New Zealand First will not require the whole cost of development of new railway tracks and services, and of electric reticulation, to be met by revenue generated by railway service charges. These will be met by a combination of Land Transport Fund funding and crown grants.

The rail routes listed in the principal policy document would form the basis of the core transport network.

SHIPPING

New Zealand First is committed to the expansion of our Merchant Fleet. We will provide a favourable fiscal regime for coastal shipping provided the companies are New Zealand resident, register their vessels here, employ New Zealanders, and commit to officer training.

CIVIL AVIATION

New Zealand First will:

  • Retain the crown investment in Air New Zealand.  
  • Support a transparent process for the establishment of airport pricing by airport companies, and ensure that they maintain a pricing regime which recovers no more than a fair rate of return.
  • Amend the Commerce Act to entrench 5 yearly reviews of all airport charges to airlines, and to require airport companies to establish a fair rate of return by independent assessment.
  • Review the CAA’s 2013 increases in charges to pilots and training organizations to ensure that the charges are fair and appropriate.
  • Ensure that the current subscription based access to MetService meteorological information for General Aviation users is replaced by a service which is free to the users.

 

Rt Hon Winston Peters MP on this policy

"New Zealand First will ensure development of a comprehensive New Zealand Transport Strategy to guide transport planning and investment, with the goal of building an integrated transport system which will be cost effective, efficient, safe, secure and future proofed, and which will be economically socially and environmentally sustainable, with costs fairly charged to users and others who benefit, and using positive incentives as well as supporting regulation to ensure that New Zealand’s long term transport needs are met."