Tech-savvy transport changes on the way

Tech-savvy transport changes on the way

taxiSmall passenger services – many using high-tech solutions like smartphone apps – are a driving force behind changes planned by the regulatory changes planned by the government.

Transport minister Simon Bridges and associate minister Craig Foss have announced a comprehensive overhaul of the sector with a special focus on new technologies.

With the current rules dating back to 1989, and categorising cabs, shuttles, rideshares and private hire separately, a singular, more flexible, approach makes more sense.

small passenger service, meaning one set of rules for all.

“New technologies like smart phones and apps have changed the way the sector can operate,” says Bridges.

“Modernising our rules will ensure they are flexible enough to accommodate new business models.

“Ensuring an effective small passenger services sector has a range of wider benefits for New Zealand and its economy, including using the transport system more effectively and helping to reduce congestion.”

Bridges says it is the government’s intention to encourage innovation and to free up regulations in the transport sector.

Rules that have been in place for too long and don’t provide any real benefits will be removed.

“Removing outdated rules will allow a broader range of transport services to develop throughout New Zealand, giving consumers more choice,” says associate transport minister Craig Foss.

The changes will be considered by Parliament as part of the Land Transport Amendment Bill in 2016.

More information about the changes is available at www.transport.govt.nz/land/small-passenger-services-review

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