We’re committed to a collaborative approach to transport planning, funding and development. It’s an approach that delivers integrated transport solutions that best meet the needs of New Zealanders. To achieve these results, we seek open and honest consultation across a range of activities with all our stakeholders, including road users, business, local government, communities and iwi.
The activities we consult on
Projects, policies and programmes
We undertake consultation for programmes, policies and projects according to specific scope, process and consultation principles set out by the Land Transport Management Act 2003.
Read the Land Transport Management Act 2003(external link)
Land transport rules
We undertake consultation on behalf of the Minister of Transport for the making of land transport rules. The Minister of Transport has a statutory responsibility under the Land Transport Act 1998 to notify the intention to make the rule and to consult with interested groups on the proposed rule.
Read the Land Transport Act 1998(external link)
We go beyond the minimum statutory requirements by maintaining a database of interested groups and individuals and undertaking extensive consultation on each rule. Submissions received on draft rules are summarised and analysed and the rule redrafted to take into account the submissions received. If necessary, we undertake further consultation with key groups before submitting a proposed rule to the government.
Policy – planning and management of land transport activities
We consult and communicate with relevant organisations and individuals whenever we substantively develop, enhance or review policy around the planning and management of land transport activities. These are activities that can be funded from the national land transport fund.
Appendix 3 of the Planning, programming and funding manual details this consultation and communication process.
What we’re currently consulting on
- Managing integrity of vehicle certification inspection and inspection organisations
All vehicles entering New Zealand must be checked, certified, registered and licensed before they can be used on the road. This process is called entry certification.
The NZ Transport Agency’s approach to assessing any potential conflicts of interest with regard to this process is set out in an operational policy. At the time the policy was created, some integration of the used vehicle supply chain was anticipated and taken into account, but not to the extent that has subsequently occurred.
This means that one business could potentially be responsible for some or all parts of the vehicle entry certification process.
In response to strong industry interest and a request to extend the deadline, the Agency has decided to extend the consultation period to 22 March 2019. Several potential submitters have also sought further information from the Agency about the proposed changes. This extension will ensure that submitters have the opportunity to make their submissions.
All submissions must be received by no later than 5pm, Friday 22 March 2019.
- State Highway 1 / Tarewa Road bylaw amendment
Under section 61(3) of the Government Roading Powers Act 1989 and section 22AD of the Land Transport Act 1998, the NZ Transport Agency is proposing to amend the Traffic Controls on State Highways Bylaw 2017. The proposed bylaw amendment is intended to prohibit a vehicle turning to the right from Tarewa Road into State Highway 1 at the intersection of these two roads in Whāngārei.
All submissions must be received by no later than 5pm, Friday 26 April 2019.
- Land Transport Rule: Light-vehicle Brakes Amendment 2019
The Transport Agency is consulting, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, on Land Transport Rule: Light-vehicle Brakes Amendment 2019.
The proposed amendment Rule requires all motorcycles entering service in New Zealand after a specified date to be equipped with either an anti-lock braking system or a combined braking system (subject to some exceptions). It also removes a requirement for twinned-wheel motor tricycles to be fitted with a park brake.
All submissions must be received by no later than 5pm Friday 26 April 2019.
- Land Transport Rule: Driver Licensing Amendment 2019
The Transport Agency is consulting, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, on proposed amendments to the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999.
The proposed amendments will simplify and standardise the driver licensing system, facilitate the move to a digital licensing environment, improve the customer’s experience, support the productivity of the commercial driving sector, and strengthen the driver training and testing regime.
All submissions must be received by no later than 5pm on Friday 3 May 2019.
Important information about making a submission
Your submission will become publicly available information, so please indicate clearly if your comments are commercially sensitive or if there is some other reason they should not be disclosed. Any request for non-disclosure will be considered in terms of the Official Information Act 1982. Read the Official Information Act 1982(external link)