Legislation is set to be introduced giving regional councils the authority to set standards for their own public transport services.
The Public Transport Management Bill, currently before the Transport and Public Relations Select Committee, aims to improve public transport by allowing regional councils to set policies on, among other things, quality and performance standards, integrated ticketing allowing passengers to use one ticket to travel on different services, and the operation of commercial services.
Bell Gully senior associate Marjia Batistich presented a paper at the LexisNexis Local Government Legal Forum, in Auckland on 21 May, which focused on the shortfalls of the current system, how the Bill aims to address them and some concerns about the new legislation.
The select committee is due to report back on 30 June 2008.
To read Marija's paper, click here.
To view a slideshow of her presentation, click here.