Transport

Labour turns wheels for cycling safety

With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says.

Due to speak to a cycling rally at Parliament this afternoon she said a Labour Government would make the safety of cyclists a priority.

“Too many cyclists are dying needlessly.

“Labour will act to improve cycling safety, including taking seriously the recommendations of the Cycling Safety Panel’s report, due in September.

Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

“There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on public holidays like Easter and Anzac Weekend fun can quickly turn to frustration when the family realises the rego for the caravan has expired or there’s a big truck hogging the fast lane.

“Sweating the small stuff leads to too many Kiwi holidays getting off to a bad start.

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Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives

The government must take urgent action to prevent more accidents to truck drivers and other road users of increased logging trucks on neglected roads, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Transport spokesperson.

“The dangers to drivers and other road users in the North are similar to those I’ve discussed with truckies, district councils and communities in other regions.

Rail electrification- Labour tick . City rail link - National fail

 

Auckland needs the government to commit to early funding for the city rail link to make electrification of the rail line as effective as it can be, says Labours Transport Spokesperson Darien Fenton.

“Today’s act of switching on the electrification at Britomart is a great milestone, but the Government’s refusal to fund the city rail link until 2020 will hold back the development of our largest city and keep Auckland gridlocked.

Horror month in trucking accidents renews calls for change

It’s time the Government woke up to the reality and stress of truck driving after a horror month for truck-related accidents, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says.

At least four people have died and a number of others have been injured in truck-related accidents since the beginning of March.

“While we don’t know the causes of the accidents yet, we do know the Government continues to ignore Labour’s calls for a review of the industry.

Rural kids shouldn't miss out on driving opportunities

The Government’s short-sighted decision to withdraw testing for restricted and full driver licences in some rural areas is having a knock-on effect on kids living in those regions, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton.

“The Government has put pressure on young people to find work, with pre-employment drug checks, sanctions on benefits, a 90 day trial period and cuts to minimum youth wage rates, while at the same time making it harder for many of them to get work by having a driver’s licence.

KiwiRail asbestos decision continues to cost

 

The Government must ensure the overseas manufacturer of asbestos contaminated DL locomotives pays compensation for the fallout following KiwiRail pulling them from service, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says.

“It’s not just the expense of removing the asbestos. The costs of lost or delayed freight services have consequences to business and communities way beyond KiwiRail’s bottom line.

Did Brownlee leave workers in dark over asbestos?

Minister Gerry Brownlee needs to tell KiwiRail workers and the public when he became aware degraded asbestos on some Chinese-purchased DL locomotives had become dangerous, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton.

“KiwiRail apparently knew the results of testing three days before either workers exposed to the potentially lethal material or the public were told. One assumes the Minister also knew at that stage.

“I understand that there was initially some reluctance from KiwiRail to ground the trains while they underwent further testing.

KiwiRail carriages need new independent tests

The Government must launch a review of KiwiRail’s contracting systems and bring in new independent testing of its Chinese-made locomotives after asbestos was found in them, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

“Asbestos in 21 Century rail locos is shocking and highlights the failures of the Government’s ‘lowest price possible’ attitude. You can bet these issues wouldn’t be happening if KiwiRail had used Hillside instead.

“Such short termism has cost jobs, a major workshop and may cost lives in the future.

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