Construction industry study

To improve understanding about cost pressures on road maintenance, operations and renewals, the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) was commissioned to undertake research in 2013.

Read the NZIER study [PDF, 2.7 MB].

Drug driving research

The Ministry of Transport commissioned the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited to reanalyse blood specimens taken from drivers.  Find out more about Drug research on Land Transport Act blood specimens.

Environmental research

Environmental research in the transport sector helps inform policy development on issues including vehicle emissions and energy sources.

New Zealand National Transport Model scoping

The Ministry commissioned the Transportation Research Centre at the University of Auckland in 2014 to advise on the best design for a national transport model.

Read more about New Zealand National Transport Model scoping

Research on Auckland

Auckland's size, growth and resulting congestion mean addressing the city's transport issues is a key focus for the government. From time to time, the Ministry commissions research to better understand Auckland's transport issues.

Road Use Patterns of Freight Vehicles

This section includes recent reports by Beca Ltd, based on GPS and other data on various samples of freight vehicles.

Read more on the Road Use Patterns of Freight Vehicles.

The economic impact of air services liberalisation

In 2013, the Ministry of Transport commissioned Covec to conduct an econometric analysis on the impact of our air services liberalisation work programme.

Read the Covec report [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Transport Regulation

This report looks for opportunities to improve the regulatory environment in the transport sector. It introduces a framework to systematically scan the existing stock of regulations for regulations with a high likelihood of creating market inefficiencies.

Read the NZIER report [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Understanding Transport Costs and Charges

During 2008-2011, the Ministry of Transport conducted some work to update the knowledge of transport costs and charges.

Other research topics