6.1.6 Implementation Methods - Transport Sources
Waikato Regional Council will promote the following message to central Government:
- national standards and initiatives are needed to reduce the adverse effects of transport sources on air,
- programmes for testing and maintenance of motor vehicle emissions and appropriate driver behaviour should be developed,
- there is a need for the development and implementation of infrastructural and financial incentives to encourage modes of transport and fuels that minimise the emission of greenhouse gases.
18.104.22.168 Environmental Education
Waikato Regional Council will use environmental education programmes to help the community understand the adverse effects on air quality that can be created by discharges from transport sources and will promote the use of:
- non-motorised modes of transport such as cycling and walking and other alternative forms of transport,
- low polluting fuels.
22.214.171.124 Encouragement of Roading Authorities
Waikato Regional Council will encourage roading authorities and, where relevant, Transit New Zealand to:
- undertake territorial road planning that aims to reduce motor vehicle congestion in urban areas,
- consider air quality and energy efficiency issues arising from the transport implications of land use planning and design,
- undertake transport planning that encourages the development of efficient and effective public transport systems,
- plan for, and establish, a safe and convenient network of cycle-ways and cycle routes,
- plan for, and develop, safe and convenient networks of footpaths and walkways
- consider effects on air quality from land uses and transport sources when preparing draft and proposed district plans, or reviews of plans,
- take into account effects on air quality that may occur from transport sources, as provided by Waikato Regional Council submissions on resource consent applications or on plans,
- encourage roading authorities to ensure roads dust from unsealed roads affecting residential properties does not have objectionable effects beyond the boundary of the roading reserve,
- encourage roading authorities to seal roads adjacent to clusters of houses or take other initiatives to mitigate the effects of unsealed roads on these communities.
Explanation and Principal Reasons for Adopting Methods 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52
The above methods implement Policy 3 of this Chapter by addressing mobile sources that have cumulative adverse effects on air quality through a non-regulatory framework that integrates with agencies that have responsibilities in this area.
Method 184.108.40.206 recognises the role that Waikato Regional Council can undertake particularly in areas where a nationally co-ordinated approach to vehicle emission control is necessary and relevant1.
Environmental education as provided for in Method 220.127.116.11 identifies the need to raise awareness regarding the use of non-polluting transport fuels, and the use of non-motorised forms of transport or alternative means (i.e. public transport) to private motor vehicles. Many of the changes in this area can only come from a change of behaviour based on the awareness of the adverse effects that can be caused by transport sources2.
Method 18.104.22.168 recognises the important role that roading authorities have in land use planning and road planning to help reduce the adverse effects of transport sources on air quality. This method identifies where Waikato Regional Council can work with and support roading authorities to reduce these adverse effects on air quality.