New Zealand needs a land transport system that is fit for purpose: a wide range of options that are safe, reliable, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective. But the current transport environment falls far short. We need to, and we can, do better.
This report shows that without proper road user pricing, congestion is becoming the new normal in our urban centres, costing the economy over a billion dollars every year.
New Zealand is among the top 10 countries for vehicle ownership per capita. The door-to-door convenience of car use, particularly in sole-occupancy driving, is an undeniable (and increasing) national preference.
Without suitable policy action, road congestion is all but certain to intensify. Government forecasts also show that New Zealand’s total vehicle kilometres travelled might increase by as much as 66% by 2040.