At Abley, our transport engineers and planners often talk about wearing many hats. As transportation professionals, we find that on any one project our hats may include our "client hat" (thinking about the best interests of our client), our "environment hat" (thinking about the impact of the project on the receiving environment), our "safety hat" (are there any safety concerns) and our "detective hat" (to get to the bottom of the problem). Every project has a different set of perspectives to consider and hats to wear.
New Zealand’s main funding mechanism for land transport is the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF), a hypothecated (ring-fenced) fund for transport generated from transport income. This income is used by the NZ Transport Agency to investigate, construct and maintain infrastructure in NZ as well as educate drivers, monitor drivers and vehicles and undertake research.
Many governments are making moves away from petrol and diesel vehicles. United Kingdom and France have both announced that no new petrol or diesel vehicles will be sold after 2040. India has pledged the same by 2030, and Norway by the even more aspirational date of 2025. China has also pledged to ban sales of non-electric vehicles by an undisclosed date.
The announcement by our new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that climate change would be one of the Government’s top priorities, has led to a lot of discussion about what shape and form that this may take and how it will affect businesses.
The new government’s announcement that they will be charging Auckland drivers a regional fuel tax is a response to the funding gap required to address the transport infrastructure needs in New Zealand’s biggest city. Auckland has complex transport problems which require large scale, expensive infrastructure solutions such as a City Rail Link and light rail to the airport, and a regional fuel tax targets travellers who use the local infrastructure.
Abley Transportation Consultants are thrilled to have our innovative work recognised at the "Bike to the Future" Awards, announced at the Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress (APCC). The APCC is the southern hemisphere’s premier cycle planning and industry conference, bringing together key cycling experts, researchers and enthusiasts from around the world, which is being held in Christchurch 18-20 October 2017.
From 10-12 October 2017, four of our Abley/Interpret team members attended the Australasian Road Safety Conference in Perth. Over 650 delegates from across Australia, New Zealand and further afield attended this three day event to learn about the latest advances and research across a breadth of road safety topics.
Colin MacArthur, Robyn Hyde and Dave Smith will be presenting four papers at the combined 39th Australasian Transport Research Forum and 4th Transport Knowledge Conference being held in Auckland from 27-29 November 2017.
Haris Zia, Senior Transportation Engineer at Abley, was invited by the Department of State Growth, Tasmania to attend the Road Safety Levy Workshop in Hobart on 28th September 2017. The purpose of the workshop was to explore options for the expenditure of Tasmania’s Road Safety Levy over the next decade.
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