THE NEED to travel should be reduced and the best use made of the existing transport network, says ICEs environmental policy statement on transport presented to Council last week. The planning system should wherever possible reduce the need to travel and encourage more sustainable travel patterns. Priority should be given to mixed use developments in urban areas well served by public transport.
A rational pricing and financing regime should be established to reflect the social and environmental costs of different modes of travel, says the statement. It acknowledges: Private car use is likely to remain the major option for many rural journeys and should not be unduly restricted where it does not contribute to traffic congestion.
The statement adds that planning and pricing tools should encourage use of more sustainable modes of freight transport.
It was one of six environmental policy statements developed by the technical affairs boards and presented to Council by vice president David Cawthra.