Epsom MP pleased to confirm action on Gillies Ave braking noise

Epsom MP David Seymour is pleased to confirm that a noise camera has been installed near the Gillies Avenue off-ramp, targeting the trucks that have disturbed residents with braking noise.

“After conversations with residents near the busy off-ramp, it’s clear that braking noise has a real effect on quality of life,” says Mr Seymour. “That’s why the Minister of Transport Simon Bridges and I today unveiled a noise camera on the off-ramp.

ACT challenges new broom Judith to drain the corporate green-washing trough

The $3.5 million handed out via the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund is simply corporate welfare, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

The list of subsidised projects makes for stunning reading. The Government is essentially subsidising corporate green-washing.

MPs should lighten up on Uber as they may soon need new jobs

The clash between archaic attitudes and modern technology couldn’t have been made starker than by the attitudes shown by Select Committee MPs when Uber testified at parliament today, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Road pricing must not be used as a revenue grab

Any new revenue raised by road pricing should be offset with reductions in petrol tax, says ACT Leader David Seymour, in response to the Auckland Transport Alignment Project released today.

Scrap passenger licence rules today, not a year from now

Proposed changes to passenger licencing rules, such as scrapping the requirement for a $600 passenger endorsement course, could be signed into law today, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“A number of passenger licence rules are set to be scrapped whenever the Land Transport Amendment Bill passes. These revisions could be approved today by the Minister, so why tie them to a broader bill that might take a year to pass?

Government is in dreamland over P-licence safety

The Government is in dreamland if it thinks the outdated P-licencing system is safer than GPS-tracked, consumer-rated rideshare services, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Simon Bridges’ confession that P-licenced drivers are operating with drink driving or dangerous driving convictions contradicts his defence of P-licencing as an assurance of safety.

“Meanwhile, he’s threatening to ban services which ensure safety through real-time GPS tracking and two-way evaluation. The Government’s attitude toward taxi safety has been leapfrogged by technology.

Just get on with congestion charging

ACT Leader David Seymour welcomes the government’s about face on congestion charges, with one condition.

“Road tolls shouldn’t be used as a cash grab. Any revenue generated from the tolls should be offset by cuts in petrol tax and, if appropriate, rates,” said Mr Seymour.

“People from Epsom and around Auckland tell me congestion is noticeably worse this year than last.  We can’t keep adding cars year after year, New Zealand should be using the latest technology to fight congestion.

Picking electric winners too simple, Simon

“It’s disappointing to see National picking winners for political benefits rather than environmental ones,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “They’ve distorted practically every government department’s treatment of vehicles to favour one type of technology over others.

“Creating new exemptions, working groups, and slush funds is better for bureaucrats than the environment. The focus should be on creating a simple, fair regulatory environment that allows all technologies to compete on their own merits.

Key must follow up rail with education funding

While many will welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement of early funding for the City Rail Link, education infrastructure in the area should not be overlooked, says Epsom MP David Seymour.

“The reality is that we have a train looking for passengers, rather than the other way around.  That’s why the Rail Link requires heavy intensification around Mt Eden Station, among others, to be viable.