More than one in five roads in New Zealand have been rated in poor or deficient condition, according to new data released by the Department of Transport.
The Ministry of Transport (MTO) revealed on Tuesday that the number of road transport vehicles in New England, with a registered population of between 20,000 and 30,000, had fallen by about 17 per cent since 2014, from 6,500 to 3,000 vehicles per month.
While the figure in New York was higher than that in Auckland, both cities were ranked in the top 10 in terms of road vehicle miles travelled.
MTO said the statistics, which included data on all road transport operations from January to December, indicated that road transport had fallen to the lowest level since 2008.
However, the department said road transport volumes across the country had been stable or up slightly in recent years.
It said road traffic remained among the top priorities for the Government and that the Government would continue to take urgent action to increase road transport capacity and minimise the impacts of climate change on the country.
The department said the road transport figures also indicated that in the year to March 2019, the MTO was able to achieve road transport reductions of 8 per cent in New Plymouth and 3 per cent across New York.
Auckland was able, however, to reduce its road transport fleet by 7 per cent, while Wellington was able decrease its road transportation fleet by 13 per cent.
The figures revealed a significant decline in the number and capacity of road vehicles in the South Island and in some parts of the North Island, as well as the Southland region.
“In many places, the road vehicles are a significant source of congestion,” MTO commissioner Peter Williams said.
He said the data showed road transport was “in crisis”.
“While the decline in traffic congestion is encouraging, it is not a sustainable state of affairs.”
The Government will continue to focus on addressing the impacts on road transport on the South Islands and the Northland, and on reducing road transport traffic in the rest of New Zealand,” he said.
The MTO said road transportation was expected to see a decline of 1.9 per cent by 2025, while road transport services would see an increase of 6.2 per cent to 9.2 million vehicles by 2023.”
Road transport services across New Zealand will continue in crisis,” Mr Williams said in a statement.
The Department of Transportation and Main Roads said road travel was expected increase by 8 per, 5.7 per and 7.9 million vehicles annually by 2035, 2060, 2070, 2090, and 2095.
Road transport was expected by 2040 to be up by 8.3 per cent per annum.
New Zealand Transport Agency chief executive Tim Pallas said the decline was the most significant in decades.
This is really the first time that we’ve seen road traffic declines since the 1960s, he said in an interview.”
There are more cars, more vehicles, more capacity, and we’re going to see more congestion.
Taxis were the largest source of traffic on New Zealand roads, with the number reaching almost 100,000 in March. “
We’ve got to get the whole transport system right,” Mr Pallas added.
Taxis were the largest source of traffic on New Zealand roads, with the number reaching almost 100,000 in March.
In Wellington, there were 1.8 million vehicle trips, the second-largest number on the island, followed by 1.3 million trips from the South Coast.
At the other end of the scale, motor vehicles accounted for only about 1 per cent of road trips in the North and South Islands, while the rest were used for freight, public transport and bus services.
Mr Williams said the department would be “very disappointed” to see road congestion decline in New South Wales.
He was not able to say whether road transport in Victoria would be in the same position, saying the MTRP was “still working through a number of operational issues”.
The MTRI also revealed on Monday that Auckland’s road traffic was the second highest on the entire country.
Between the months of January and March, the number on Auckland roads was at nearly 300,000.
For New Zealand, the figures show road transport fell by 6.7 percent from January 2014 to March 2018.