Transport technologies such as electric cars, car pooling smartphone apps, and vehicle collision avoidance systems are creating risks to New Zealand’s investment in roads says a report released by The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER).
As electric and hybrid vehicles become more common, less petrol will be used. Challenges for the government include safeguarding fuel excise revenue that funds transport infrastructure and charging road users fairly and efficiently, says the NZIER report.
Accelerating the adoption of safer car technologies, rather than spending billions on safety works over the next decade is also worth assessing more closely, says the report. Continue reading “Road funding at risk from smart car technology” »