Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Green traffic reduction bill to go before Parlt.

Green traffic reduction bill to go before Parliament

3 May 2001 attention transport reporter

Green traffic reduction bill to go before Parliament

Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today had her Road Traffic Reduction Bill drawn from the private members ballot.

The bill requires national and regional governments to set binding targets for the reduction of motorised road traffic and also amends the principal objective of Transfund from simply building roads to instead providing a safe and sustainable land transport system.

"I am delighted that this bill has been drawn because New Zealand cannot simply go on using more cars and building more and more roads," said Ms Fitzsimons. "We have to turn this unsustainable trend around.

"The transport sector is New Zealand's largest single producer of climate-changing CO2 emissions and we have one of the highest rates of child pedestrian injuries and child pedestrian deaths in the OECD. Research shows the only effective way of dealing with this problem is slowing down and reducing traffic," she said.

"New Zealand's three main cities all have air pollution problems as a result of motor vehicle use and communites are often threatened by massive roading projects which are justified on the basis that they save motorists a few seconds."

Ms Fitzsimons said this bill was an attempt to break the cycle of more roads equalling more cars equalling more congestion and accidents.

"This bill is about getting a transport system that works for everyone. It recognises that what might work for an individual can wreck havoc with a city."



Ms Fitzsimons said her bill would require the Minister of Transport to develop targets, timetables and measures for traffic reduction on state highways and require councils to reduce traffic in their regions.

"Congestion and urban sprawl are both growing very fast in New Zealand and both of these phenomena impose huge economic costs, divide communites and break down essential human interactions.

"New Zealand urgently needs to shift towards a model of access and mobility based around localisation, with increased public transport services, cycling and walking and greater use of rail and coastal shipping for freight movement," said Ms Fitzsimons.

"This is the first attempt by a New Zealand parliament to reduce the traffic on our roads."
ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Remembrance: Anzac After Christchurch

A community group is creating The Sound of Peace, a crowdsourced soundscape that captures messages of peace from New Zealanders in their own voices and languages...

The Anzac Eve event, The Art of Remembrance with Kristin Darragh, is a concert and memorial service in the grounds of the historic St David’s Memorial Church in Uptown Auckland.

‘As we remember the lives lost in World War One, we remember the horrors of all wars, and the potential to reach out across the divides now to expand understanding and a sense of our shared humanity.’ More>>

 

NZ And France To Seek To End Use Of Social Media For Terrorism

New Zealand and France announced today that the two nations will bring together countries and tech companies in an attempt to bring to an end the ability to use social media to organise and promote terrorism and violent extremism, in the wake of the March 15 terrorist attacks in Christchurch New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Attacks: Families Offered Option To Stay Permanently

Immigration New Zealand has created a special visa category for those directly impacted by the shootings at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood mosque, as well as their families. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: Consent Granted For Queens Wharf Cruise Ship Upgrade

In its decision, released this afternoon, Auckland Council says that although the upgrade will have a "range of adverse effects on the environment, both during construction and operation", these can be managed to an "acceptable" level. More>>

ALSO:

Welfare: Access To Hardship Grants Hits Record High

Figures from the Ministry of Social Development for the March 2019 Quarter showed that hardship assistance grants increased by $48 million in the past year... They also showed the emergency housing grants went from $6.6m to $23m, and there were 70,000 extra requests for assistance for food. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Scrapping The Capital Gains Tax

As PM Jacinda Arden said yesterday, there was no point in Labour bringing a proposal into the House that it didn’t have the votes to get passed. Looking back, maybe she always felt this outcome to be inevitable... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels