Welcome to the Ministry of Transport website

The Ministry is the government's principal transport policy adviser. We are committed to providing the best possible advice to support the government in growing the New Zealand economy so we can all enjoy greater prosperity, security and opportunity.

What's New

National Freight Demand Study

Freight task set to increase

New Zealand’s freight task is projected to increase by about 50 percent over the next 30 years, according to updated National Freight Demand Study

View all News

Annual Report 2012/13 - 16 October 2013

The Ministry of Transport's Annual Report 2012/13 has been published. It reports on the Ministry’s achievements over the course of the year, and provides financial statements and management information.

Connecting New Zealand released

Transport Minister Steven Joyce has announced the release of Connecting New Zealand: a summary of the government’s policy direction for transport. Connecting New Zealand draws together the policy direction set out in a number of policy decisions and guidance documents over the last 2 ½ years.

View all Publications

Have Your Say

Land Transport Rule: Light-vehicle Brakes Amendment 2014

The Transport Agency, in conjunction with the Ministry of Transport is seeking feedback on the proposed changes for introducing mandatory electronic stability control (ESC) for new, and imported used, light vehicles entering the New Zealand fleet.

Land Transport Rule: Light-vehicle Brakes Amendment 2014 would make the necessary changes to legislation to implement the ESC requirements.

Submissions close Tuesday 22 April 2014.

View all Consulting On

Land Transport Amendment Bill

The Transport and Industrial Relations Committee has invited public submissions on the Land Transport Amendment Bill 2013.  The Bill will lower the adult breath alcohol limit from 400mcg of alcohol per litre of breath, to 250mcg and the adult blood alcohol limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, to 50mg.

The closing date for submissions was Friday 14 February 2014

Intelligent Transport Systems Action Plan Consultation

The Ministry of Transport consulted on an Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Action Plan that takes a multimodal multi-agency approach to the introduction of new ITS in New Zealand.

Consultation closed on Friday 17 January 2014.

Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2002 Amendment and Land Transport (Offences and Penalties) Regulations 1999

The NZ Transport Agency, in conjunction with the Ministry of Transport, is seeking feedback on the proposed changes to legislation relating to overweight and high-productivity motor vehicles. 

The proposed changes alter the offences and penalties incurred by freight operators whose vehicles are detected as exceeding either the weight limits stated in Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2002, or those set out in a permit.

Submissions closed 7 April 2014.

View all Recently Closed

International Air Transport Policy - 30 August 2012

Cabinet confirmed a new International Air Transport Policy statement on 30 August 2012 aimed at growing the economy providing New Zealanders with better access to the world and facilitating increased trade in good and services

Changes for taxi safety confirmed

The government has confirmed that from 1 August 2011 all taxis operating in our larger centres will be fitted with security cameras in a move designed to enhance the safety of both taxi drivers and their passengers.

Safer Journeys road safety strategy

Following public consultation in 2009, the government released its new ten year road safety strategy called Safer Journeys in March 2010. It aims to reduce the number of people killed and injured on our roads over the next decade.

View all Decisions

Easter Holiday roal toll information

Road toll
2013 road toll 254
12 months to 17 Apr 2014 259
1 Jan to 17 Apr 2014 79
1 Jan to 17 Apr 2013 74

Vehicle Licensing Reform