Addressing Climate Change Through the Transport Budget

ATAP is pretty fresh. But I think even now, what we now know today, compared to a year ago, even just one year ago, on ATAP, is vastly different. If we were doing ATAP today we’d be doing it even with more transit focus and more PT focus and more active focus… I think we need to be more dynamic with our planning documents – Chris Darby, speaking at the Auckland Climate Conference on 18 March 2019 How we plan for our future in the face of climate change was the subject of several climate conferences and symposiums last week.…
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What happens if you get rid of the Regional Fuel Tax?

Yesterday Simon Bridges delivered a fairly major speech, outlining the National Party’s intentions ahead of next year’s election. Of particular relevance was him reaffirming that, if elected, National would cancel the Auckland regional fuel tax: If National is elected in 2020 we will:☑️ Repeal the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax☑️ Ensure no increase in petrol taxes during our first term☑️ Have no new taxes in our first term☑️ Repeal a Capital Gains Tax — Simon Bridges (@simonjbridges) January 30, 2019 One term governments are pretty rare in New Zealand, with the last one happening in the early 1970s, but it’s worth having a think about what would happen if an incoming government got rid of the Regional Fuel Tax.…
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2019 – The year ahead

With 2019 now underway, and following my wrap up of 2018 last week, I thought it would be good to look at some of the things we can expect from the year ahead. In no particular order. City Rail Link At the end of April the builder of the tunnels and stations is expected to be announced.…
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The Driver License Test Guide

“Faster. Faster. Faster… OK, pull over, and we’ll discuss that. Back there, if you go at that speed in your test, you’ll fail. It’s a critical error. That road is where four of my students have failed their test for driving too slowly.” Sitting in the back seat during the driving lessons this year was an educational experience for me.…
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AT Annual Report “talks a good talk” but we need to see results

Tuesday’s Auckland Transport Board Meeting included a statutorily required review of how they performed for the 2017/18 financial year against their Statement of Intent (SOI). The results are outlined in their annual report, which provides a useful opportunity to take a step back from the day to day news and consider what was, for Auckland Transport, quite a year of change.…
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