National Transport Statement

Maurice Williamson Transport

Overall Transport Policy

The New Zealand transport system must contribute maximum benefit at minimum
cost to New Zealand, consistent with sustainable development.

In order to achieve that the Government will provide a
comprehensive policy framework which will:
The Government expects to see the following results:
  • ensure that the transport system meets the needs of all New Zealanders
Accessibility outcome
  • all New Zealanders are able to use the transport system at a reasonable cost
Integrated transport system
  • ensure competitive neutrality between the various forms of transport
Integrated transport system outcome
  • a regulatory environment that encourages competition between all sectors of
    New Zealand's transport industry
Economic efficiency
  • ensure that transport management and funding is conducted on a commercial
    basis that is responsive to user needs, does not distort consumer decisions,
    provides greater choice, and encourages innovation

  • ensure that each transport operation incorporates the actual costs,
    including safety and environmental costs, that it generate
Economic efficiency outcomes
  • an enterprising and innovative transport system that supports economic
    growth and competitive links with other countries

  • investments are directed towards those services that users are willing to
    pay for at their actual cost

  • there are built in incentives for transport operators to manage risk

  • the potential for abuse of market power by natural monopolies in the
    transport sector is minimised

  • there are liberal and flexible transport arrangements with other countries

  • costs generated by transport operations are properly identified &

  • users of transport systems are faced with their actual costs through prices
    or regulations, whichever is more efficient
  • guide the development of operational safety policies to:
    • improve safety for everyone, through a continuous process of identifying and
      managing risk at reasonable cost

    • develop and strengthen accountability for safety among providers of
      transport services
Safety outcomes
  • the safest transport that is attainable at reasonable cost

  • providers of transport services are increasingly accountable for safety
  • manage the impact of transport on the environment by:
    • promoting the sustainable management of natural and physical resources
      through the Resource Management Act 1991

    • taking other action where appropriate, or as part of a broad economy wide
      response, to avoid, remedy or mitigate the adverse effects of the transport
      system on the natural and physical environment
Environment outcomes
  • improved environmental performance from the transport sector

  • the costs associated with the adverse environmental effects of transport
    systems are faced by providers and users of transport services

  • the most appropriate mechanisms are used to achieve environmental objectives
  • monitor the performance of the transport sector

  • respond in a timely and cost effective way to any market or regulatory
    failure in the transport sector that may be identified through careful

  • undertake research into trends and key issues in the national and
    international economy that affect the transport sector and develop appropriate
Strategic outcomes
  • all of the information needed to identify and remedy any market or
    regulatory failure evident in the transport system is available

  • transport policy is responsive to trends and key issues that affect the
    transport sector