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.
Land transport rules
We undertake consultation on behalf of the Minister of Transport for the making of land transport rules. The Minister 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.
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 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
- Interim guidelines for preparing regional public transport plans The NZ Transport Agency is inviting feedback from the public transport sector on the "Interim guidelines for preparing regional public transport plans". These guidelines reflect recent legislative and operational policy changes. Submissions close 4 November 2013.
- Safer journeys for rural schools
We’re seeking feedback from schools, road controlling authorities and other stakeholders during the draft guide consultation.
Submissions close 11 October 2013.
Please note: 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.
Recent consultation (now closed)
- SH1 / SH5 Tirau intersection
The Transport Agency has been working closely with the South Waikato District Council, local kiwi and various Road Safety Partners to identify a suitable long-term option to improve safety at this busy intersection. This intersection has been the site of 44 crashes in the last five years (2008 to 2013) five of which resulted in 4 deaths and 4 serious injuries. Feedback on the preferred option closed at 5.00 pm on Friday, 18 October: relevant documents are available on this page for your reference.
- SH3 / SH37 Waitomo Caves Intersection upgrade
In late August and early September, the NZ Transport Agency called for feedback on proposed options for improving the intersection of State Highway 3 and 37 near Waitomo Caves. The period for feedback has now closed; and the information received is now being analysed.
- SH73 Curletts Road improvement options
Curletts Road between Main South Road and Blenheim Road is an important link in the Christchurch and Canterbury transport network. Increased traffic numbers and changed traffic patterns since the earthquakes have increased traffic on this road to well beyond its capacity. Three main options have been developed to address congestion and queuing on Curletts Road. We would like feedback from the public to help us decide on the best option overall.
Submissions closed 6 September 2013.
- Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2013
The Omnibus Amendment Rule 2013, which proposes minor changes to 9 Land Transport Rules, has been released for consultation. Your submissions on the proposed Rule changes are welcome.
Submissions closed 29 July 2013.
- SH3 Vickers to City Upgrade
We are seeking feedback from the public on the proposed changes to State Highway 3 between Vickers Road and Hobson St in New Plymouth.
Submissions closed 15 July 2013.
- SH1 Otaki to North of Levin
The NZTA is inviting feedback from the public on the proposed safety and efficiency changes to State Highway 1 and State Highway 57 and part of our staged approach to creating a four-lane road between Otaki and north of Levin.
Submissions closed 31 May 2013.
- Implementing the public transport operating model (PTOM)
The NZTA is inviting feedback from the public transport sector on the proposed changes to our Procurement manual and operational polices to support regional implementation.
Submissions closed 21 June 2013.
- P25 pilot specification
The NZ Transport Agency has released a pilot version of the P25 Specification for Calcined Bauxite for trial and comment. We welcome your feedback.
The period of P25 trial and consultation is from February 2012 to April 2013.
- State Highway Maintenance and Operations Review
We were seeking industry feedback on our proposed changes to the NZ Transport Agency’s maintenance and operations procurement practices.
- Vehicle Standards Compliance Amendment (No 2) 2013
The NZ Transport Agency was seeking comments on a Rule amendment that will implement the Government's decision on changes to the frequency of warrant of fitness and certificate of fitness vehicle inspections.
Submissions closed 4 June 2013.
- Funding assistance rates (FAR) review
We are undertaking a comprehensive review of the approach used to setting funding assistance rates (FARs) and until 3 May 2013 are consulting on what overall approach (or combination of overall approaches) the NZTA should take to setting FARs.
Submissions closed 3 May 2013.
- Child Restraints Amendment
The NZ Transport Agency has consulted on an amendment to the Road User Rule aimed at improving the safety of children travelling in vehicles by extending mandatory child restraint use to children under seven years of age.
Submissions closed 3 April 2013.
- Licence Recognition Amendment
Comments were being sought on an amendment to the Driver Licensing Rule to recognise driver licences issued by Hong Kong and South Korea for conversion to an equivalent New Zealand licence without further testing.
Submissions closed 15 March 2013.
- Land Transport Rule: Agricultural Vehicles Omnibus 2012
The Agricultural Vehicles Omnibus 2012 proposed minor changes to 7 Land Transport Rules.
This consultation closed on 30 November 2012
- Vehicle licensing reform consultation
Improvements to New Zealand’s vehicle licensing systems have been announced by Associate Transport Minister Simon Bridges.
This consultation closed on 31 October 2012.
- Proposed amendment to Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2002
The proposed amendment Rule would allow overdimension motor vehicles exceeding 4.7 metres in height to use the section of the Auckland Southern Motorway south of Ramarama Interchange.
Submissions closed 28 September 2012.
- State Highway Maintenance and Operations Review
We are seeking industry feedback on our proposed changes to the NZ Transport Agency’s maintenance and operations procurement practices.
Submissions closed 8 February 2013.
- Old Mangere Bridge replacement project
The NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Council are replacing the Old Mangere Bridge within the next five years, to provide the community with a safe, high quality walking and cycling connection. We are seeking feedback to understand how the community currently uses the bridge, and how the community would like to use the replacement bridge in the future.
Submissions closed 3 September 2012.
- Guide to assessing cultural heritage effects for state highway projects
The NZ Transport Agency has prepared a ‘Guide to assessing cultural heritage effects for state highway projects’. The guide describes the processes to be used for assessing cultural heritage effects for state highway projects during planning and consenting phases.
Submissions closed 31 August 2012.
- Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Exhaust Emissions Amendment 2012
The proposed changes of the Vehicle Exhaust Emissions Amendment 2012 will ensure that New Zealand continues to import new vehicles built to the highest available exhaust emissions standards. Submissions closed 10 August 2012.
- Wellington Street on-ramp review
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) together with Auckland Transport (AT) is undertaking a review to determine how the function of Wellington Street on-ramp best meets the needs of Auckland's transport system as a whole – taking into consideration the impact on local roads and the motorway network.
Submissions closed on 26 July 2012.
- Peka Peka to Otaki section of the Kapiti Expressway
The NZ Transport Agency will be holding two public open days outlining information on the Peka Peka to Ōtaki section of the Kāpiti Expressway. This will help us further develop measures to manage the environmental effects of the project.
Submissions closed on 13 July 2012.
- Road Maintenance Task Force: Interim report
The Road Maintenance Task Force sought feedback on its interim report, in order to test its findings and recommendations before a final report was published.
Feedback closed on 29 June 2012
- Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2012
The Omnibus Amendment Rule 2012, which proposes minor changes to 10 Land Transport Rules, has been released for consultation. Your submissions on the proposed Rule changes are welcome.
Submissions closed on 15 June 2012.
- Border inspection service provider - Expression of interest
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is seeking applications from interested and suitably qualified organisations to undertake used vehicle border inspections in New Zealand and overseas. Expression of interest closed 4pm Friday 8 June 2012.
- Proposed changes to agricultural vehicle rules (external link)
The Ministry of Transport is inviting the agricultural sector to have its say on proposed changes to transport regulation around agricultural vehicles. These changes are aimed at reducing compliance costs for agricultural vehicles while still protecting safety. Consultation on the proposals closed on 25 May 2012.
- Traffic Control Device Manual Part 9 Railway Level Crossings
Previous feedback on the Traffic Control Devices Manual Part 9 Railway Level Crossings has now been considered by the Railway Crossing Working Group and were appropriate incorporated. The changes made to the originally circulated version are shown as red tracked changes in this version. Your views are requested on these changes before the document is included in the Traffic Control Devices Manual. Submissions closed on 16 May 2012.
- High-risk intersections guide
Roading industry practitioners, road controlling authorities, road user groups and anyone with an interest in safety on our intersections are invited to provide feedback on the NZTA draft High-risk intersections guide.
Submissions closed on 14 May 2012.
- SH1 Tennyson Street intersection upgrade
We are inviting community feedback on proposed safety improvements where Tennyson Street and Brookside Road intersect with the State Highway 1 (SH1, Main South Road) at Rolleston. These two intersections are located very close together, approximately 70m apart and this is causing safety issues.
Submissions closed on 30 March 2012.
- Draft Safer Journeys for Motorcycling Guide
The NZ Transport Agency has released a draft version of the Safer Journeys for Motorcycling guide and we need your input.
Consultation closed on Friday 27 January 2011.
- Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) specifications
The NZ Transport Agency has developed some specifications to provide clear and robust standards for the supply and installation of ITS equipment being used on New Zealand's state highways and is currently consulting on these documents.
Submissions closed on 3 November 2011.
- Land Transport Rule: Passenger Service Vehicles Amendment 
The draft Rule proposes changes to Land Transport Rule: Passenger Service Vehicles 1999, which specifies the legal requirements for the design and construction of all passenger service vehicles operating on New Zealand's roads.
Submissions closed on 4 November 2011.
- SH2 speed limit consultation
The NZ Transport Agency invites community feedback on proposed speed limit changes on a section of SH2 in the Waikato with a history of fatal and serious injury crashes.
Submissions closed on 21 October 2011.
- Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2 & Main South Road Four Laning
You can assist in the development of this project by providing your feedback on aspects of the chosen route. Your feedback will be used as part of our further design process.
Submissions closed on 16 September 2011.
- Possible concepts for State Highway 1: MacKay's to Peka Peka
Kāpiti Coast District Council and the NZTA are looking at how the current State Highway 1 might be modified once the proposed MacKay's to Peka Peka expressway takes over the state highway role. Public feedback was sought on possible concepts.
Submissions closed on 5 September 2011.
- Woodend Corridor investigation
The Woodend Corridor Investigation is a consultation on two possible corridors SH1 could take through the Pineacres to Pegasus area. One involves four laning the existing highway that goes through Woodend; the other corridor would involve building a new section of highway that runs to the east of Woodend. We would like your feedback on both corridors. Once both corridors are fully understood the 'best' one will be chosen.
Submissions closed on 19 August 2011.
- Proposals for targeted changes to the 2012 National Land Transport Programme co-investment ratios (funding assistance rates)
The NZTA is considering making changes to some funding assistance rates (FARs) and a grant for land transport activities so that any agreed changes can be incorporated into the 2012 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP).
Submissions closed on 21 July 2011.
- Draft erosion and sediment control standard for state highway infrastructure
The Draft erosion and sediment control standard and Draft erosion and sediment control field guide for contractors are available for use and comment.
Submissions closed on 1 July 2011.
- Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2011
This draft Rule proposed minor changes to 11 existing Land Transport Rules.
Submissions closed on 29 June 2011.
- MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway Expo 2
The next round of consultation was an opportunity for the community to focus on the design development phase of the expressway, including walking and cycling paths, the Waikanae Bridge, possible mitigation measures such as landscaped bunds or earth mounds, and local road connections.
Submissions closed on 27 June 2011.
- Land Transport (Road User) Amendment Rule 
The main proposal of this amendment was to change the give-way rules at uncontrolled intersections or when opposing signals or signs are the same to simplify decision making at intersections and improve safety.
Submissions closed on 24 June 2011.
- Review of the Requirements for urban buses in New Zealand
The NZTA was seeking feedback on proposed changes to the Requirements for urban buses in New Zealand (RUB), including making the RUB New Zealand's common standard for urban bus quality used by regional councils and Auckland Transport when tendering and managing their urban bus service contracts.
Submissions closed on 8 June 2011.
- SH73 Arthurs Pass - Mingha Bluff realignment
The NZTA is designing a realignment of State Highway 73 (SH 73) from Mingha Bluff to Rough Creek, within Arthur's Pass National Park. In this consultation we were seeking feedback from the public and stakeholders on the proposal.
Submissions closed on 3 June 2011.
- High-risk rural roads guide
Submissions closed on 30 May 2011. Find out more about the outcome of the engagement.
- Draft traffic control devices manual: Part 7 Parking control
The NZTA was seeking feedback on this part of the manual revised to take account of recent changes to the Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control devices and comments on the earlier edition.
Submissions closed on 29 April 2011.
- Draft state highway classification
We welcomed your feedback on our proposed classification of state highways.
Submissions closed on 31 March 2011.
- Peka Peka to Otaki Expressway
The NZTA was seeking feedback on the proposals for the Peka Peka to Otaki Expressway including the form, function, and location of interchanges and connections with local roads.
Submissions closed on 18 March 2011.
- Relacement border inspection
The NZ Transport Agency was seeking feedback on the options available for vehicle border inspection.
Submissions closed on 11 March 2011.
- MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway
We welcomed your feedback on the proposals for the MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway.
Submissions closed on 4 February 2011.
- Puhoi to Warkworth indicative route
Your feedback was invited on the indicative route between the northern end of the Johnstone Hills Tunnels through to south of Kaipara Flats Road, north of Warkworth town.
Submissions closed on 28 January 2011.
- Draft Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Rule 
Among the Rule amendment proposals were changes to improve the safety of young drivers and motorcyclists and moped riders, to improve the integrity of the driver licensing system and to make business processes clearer and easier.
Submissions closed on 20 December 2010.
- Draft Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2010
This draft Rule proposed relatively minor amendments to six Land Transport Rules: Heavy Vehicles 2004, Operator Licensing 2007, Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2002, Vehicle Equipment 2004, Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002 and Work Time and Logbooks 2007.
Submissions closed on 21 December 2010.
- Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2 & Main South Road Four-Laning
The NZTA was investigating alignment and design options for CSM2 and MSRFL and is seeking community feedback.
Submissions closed on 13 December 2010.
- Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Lighting Amendment 
The purpose of this proposed amendment Rule was to make changes to Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Lighting 2004.
Submissions closed on 5 November 2010.
- Land Transport Rule: Operator Licensing Amendment (No 2) 2010
The purpose of this proposed amendment Rule was to make changes to Land Transport Rule: Operator Licensing 2007.
Submissions closed on 8 October 2010.
- Christchurch Northern Arterial
We were seeking feedback on the options being considered for the Northern Arterial and improvements to a section of QEII Drive.
Submissions closed on 1 October 2010.
- Puhoi to Wellsford highway
The NZTA asked you to have your say on the principles for developing the new Puhoi to Wellsford highway.
Submissions closed on 16 August 2010.
- Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices Amendment 
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) consulted over its draft Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices Amendment .
Submissions closed on 19 May 2010.
- SuperGold Card review
The Ministry of Transport – in collaboration with the NZZTA - undertook a review of the SuperGold Card free off-peak travel scheme.
Submissions closed on 26 April 2010.
- SH1 Western Belfast bypass
Proposed options for the bypass route. Submissions closed on 16 April 2010.
- SH1 Russley Road/Memorial Avenue intersection improvements
Proposed design options for the intersection. Submissions closed on 26 March 2010.
- SH74 Northern Arterial and Queen Elizabeth II Drive four-laning
Community and environmental aspects of the proposed arterial road that extends the Christchurch Northern Motorway. Submissions closed on 19 March 2010.
- Driver licensing and driver testing fees review
Submissions closed on 26 February 2010.
- Draft Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2009
Draft Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2009 contained proposals to change requirements in a number of existing Land Transport Rules.
Submissions closed on Friday 11 December 2009.
- SH73 route security stratregic study
Managing route recurity from Springfield to Aickens.
Submissions closed on 4 December 2009.
- Tolling motorcycles on the Northern Gateway Toll Road
Your views on whether motorcyclists should pay a toll to use the Northern Gateway Toll Road, just like other motorists.
Submissions closed on 27 November 2009.
- SH1 Blenheim to Ashley River Bridge
State Highway 1 Blenheim to Ashley river bridge strategy consultation.
Submissions closed on 27 November 2009.
- SH6 route security strategic study
Managing route recurity - Buller Gorge to Haast Pass.
Submissions closed on 27 November 2009.
- Draft NZTA farebox recovery policy
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) was consulting over its Draft NZTA Farebox Recovery Policy and Draft Fare Policy Decision-Making Guideline.
Submissions closed on 30 November 2009.
- Draft Land Transport (Road User) Amendment Rule (No 2) 2009
Proposed a change to allow a driver to use a mobile phone, while driving, as a navigational aid or as an audio player, provided that the phone is secured in a mounting that is fixed to the vehicle and the driver manipulates the phone infrequently and briefly.
Submissions closed on 28 October 2009.
- Safer Journeys - a road safety strategy to 2020
The government wanted your views as part of the development of Safer Journeys, a road safety strategy to take New Zealand through to 2020.
Submissions closed on 2 October 2009.
- Traffic control devices manual part 3 - advertising signs
This draft volume was intended to help provide guidance and indicate best practice on the use of advertising signs to the transport industry, territorial authorities, practitioners, and private operators. In particular, it considers both the safety and environmental or urban design issues concerning territorial authorities or road controlling authorities when dealing with the effects of advertising signs.
Submissions closed on 17 July 2009.
- Traffic control devices manual part 2 - direction, service and general guidance signs
This draft volume was intended to help provide guidance and indicate best practice guidance on the use of traffic signs related to guiding road users around the road network. In particular, it builds upon the specifications for approved signs for use in New Zealand as set down in the Traffic control devices specifications.
Submissions closed on 17 July 2009.
- Draft Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass Amendment [(No 2) 2009]
This draft amendment Rule proposed Rule changes that will broaden the grounds on which a heavy motor vehicle can operate in terms of weight and, in some case, length. The amendment Rule would also introduce a third type of permit - the 'high-productivity' motor vehicle permit.
Submissions closed on 24 July 2009.
- SH58 Paremata Road safety improvements
The NZ Transport Agency was considering installing a raised median on SH58 east of Bayview/Seaview Roads and establishing a roundabout at Postgate Drive in order to make travelling in the Paremata Road area easier and safe.
Submissions closed on 5 June 2009.
- Draft Land Transport Rule: Dangerous Goods Amendment 
This amendment made changes to the requirements for the safe transport of dangerous goods on land in New Zealand.
Submissions closed on 9 April 2009.
- Draft Land Transport Rule: Tyres and Wheels Amendment [(No 2) 2009]
This amendment proposed changes to the Tyres and Wheels Rule.
Submissions closed on 9 April 2009.
- Waitaki River bridges replacement scheme
The NZTA invited public feedback on the proposed Waitaki River bridges replacement project.
Submissions closed on 3 April 2009.
- Russley Road (SH1) & Memorial Avenue intersection improvement investigation
Feedback was invited to help identify interim and long-term improvement options for the Russley Road (SH1) and Memorial Avenue intersection to address capacity and safety issues.
Submissions closed on 27 February 2009.
- Draft Land Transport Rule: Work Time and Logbooks Amendment [(No 2) 2009]
The draft Land Transport Rule: Work Time and Logbooks Amendment [(No 2) 2009] proposed changes to the way in which variations of work time requirements for drivers, operators and others with a responsibility to manage driving hours are dealt with in particular situations.
Submissions closed on 27 February 2009.
- Traffic control devices manual - General requirements for traffic signs
Guidelines being prepared for the new Manual for traffic control devices. The document was intended to help provide guidance and indicate best practice on the use of traffic signs to the transport industry and practitioners.
Submissions closed on 20 February 2009.
- Proposed amendment to VIN requirements in Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002
In accordance with section 161(2) of the Land Transport Act 1998, the NZ Transport Agency, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, gave notice of the Minister's intention to make a Rule to amend Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002 (Rule 35001/1) (the Rule).
Submisisons closed on 12 February 2009.
- SH1 Blenheim to Ashley River Bridge transport study
Feedback was invited to help identify route security, route reliability and safety issues that need to be managed to ensure an appropriate level of service for the next 30 years.
Submissions closed on 23 January 2009.
- Draft West Coast regional walking and cycling strategy
The West Coast Regional Transport Committee invited public feedback on the Draft walking and cycling strategy.
Submissions closed on 19 December 2008.
- Christchurch southern access transport study
This invited feedback on transport options south of Christchurch.
Submissions closed on 24 October 2008.
- Draft Land Transport Rule: Land Transport (Road User) Amendment Rule 
This proposed changes to the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004 , which sets out requirements for the safe and efficient user of roads by road users – driver, riders, passengers, pedestrians and those leading or driving animals.
Submissions closed on 16 October 2008.
- Draft New Zealand national minimum standard for urban buses
This aimed to enhance the attractiveness of urban public transport vehicles in order to encourage increased usage, with a particular emphasis on improving accessibility.
Submissions closed on 3 October 2008.
- Draft Land Transport Rule: Omnibus Amendment 2008
This contained proposals to change requirements in a number of existing Land Transport Rules.
Submissions closed on 16 September 2008.
- Draft Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Equipment (Noise) Amendment 
This proposed changes to the noise testing requirements for vehicles. The Rule was aimed particularly at vehicles with modified exhausts that are not complying with the current noise requirements.
Submissions closed on 17 September 2008.
- Draft Land Transport Rule: Steering Systems Amendment 
This proposed to revise the requirements applying to the certification and use on New Zealand roads of left-hand drive vehicles and to ensure that the process is effective, is not open to abuse, and is free of unnecessary requirements and anomalies.
Submissions closed on 21 August 2008.
- Draft Land Transport Rule: Traction Engines 
This specified the requirements for certification of traction engines, and the qualifications engine drivers and steerers must hold.
Submissions closed 23 May 2008.
- Draft Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Equipment (Immobilisers) Amendment 
This proposed legislation that would make immobilisers compulsory on new and used light passenger vehicles, imported into New Zealand, that are less than eight years old.
Submissions closed 23 May 2008.