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.
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