The Land Transport Management Amendment Act 2013 came into effect on 13 June 2013. The new legislation amends the Land Transport Management Act 2003 and repeals the Public Transport Management Act 2008, carrying over its relevant provisions.
The amendments cover three main areas. First, they simplify the planning and funding framework of the Land Transport Management Act 2003.
Second, they simplify the process for approving toll road schemes and managing public-private partnerships.
Third, they establish a new framework for planning and contracting public transport services, known as the Public Transport Operating Model.
The Land Transport Management Act’s planning and funding framework channels about $3 billion of central government funding into roading, public transport and road safety annually. As a result of the new legislation, the purpose and decision-making criteria of the Act have been simplified.
Borrowing for future projects will also be allowed, where there is a good case and subject to agreement from the Ministers of Transport and Finance. Provisions for a regional fuel tax have also be repealed.
The amendments simplify the process for approving toll road schemes and managing public-private partnerships.
Motorists’ privacy will continue to be safeguarded by the Privacy Act 1993, and the availability of an untolled route. The amendments enable the existing toll road in Tauranga, Route K, to be brought under the new toll road regime.
The Public Transport Operating Model allows long-term partnering arrangements to be built between regional councils and transport operators.
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