New government makes moves on transport

In News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineDecember 1, 2023

The new government has announced a raft of transport policy changes this week as part of its 100-day action plan.

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and coalition partners, ACT’s David Seymour and NZ First’s Winston Peters, unveiled the “hugely ambitious” 100-day action plan on Wednesday.

“New Zealanders voted not only for a change of government, but for a change of policies and a change of approach – and our Coalition Government is ready to deliver that change,” Luxon said.

“We will be a government that gets things done for New Zealand and we will start straight away, with a 100-day plan that includes a range of actions we will take to improve the lives of New Zealanders.”

Amongst the announcements was a commitment to repealing the Clean Car Discount scheme by 31 December. This was among National’s pre-election proposals.

Luxon also re-committed to introducing legislation to remove the Auckland Fuel Tax, a 10 cent per litre tax applied to petrol and diesel sold in the Auckland region from 1 July 2018 until 30 June 2028, and cancel fuel tax hikes.

Work will also begin on a refreshed Government Policy Statement, reflecting the new Roads of National Significance and new public transport priorities.

Blanket speed limit reductions will also come to an end, and the Government will start work on replacing the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2022.

“Our 100-day plan is focused on rebuilding the economy, easing the cost of living, restoring law and order and delivering better public services,” said Luxon.

“These are things that New Zealanders voted for and expect us to deliver.”

The 100-day plan included 49 actions overall.