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  • New Zealand’s Green Party Wants to Take Half of Semi Trucks Off Roads

New Zealand’s Green Party Wants to Take Half of Semi Trucks Off Roads

Activist Political Party Claims Rail, Sea More Efficient Alternatives

May 24, 2016
It’s been no secret that the internal combustion engine and privately owned single-occupant vehicles have been public enemy number one of environmental activists for decades. With the advent of Uber, Lyft, and other on-demand ride services, many are predicting a massive shift in the coming years of the transportation industry. Many are predicting the first sector to go autonomous in a major way is heavy trucks. However, the Green Party of New Zealand is going a step further. The activist political party is advocating taking as many as half the heavy trucks off the island nation’s roads. Specifically, the party’s stated objective is to get up to half the nation’s freight transported by rail or sea in the next 10 years.
The policy statement also reads, “Instead of demanding that rail return a profit, which has set rail up to fail, we’ll fund it from the transport budget in the same way roads are, providing the investment needed to move freight in the most effective and clean way.” The party also wants to electrify the rail line between the cities of Auckland, Hamilton, and Tauranga, the so-called “Golden Triangle.”
While such a far-fetched plan may be feasible in the small island nation of approximately 4.7 million people and 103,000 square miles (approximately the geographic area of Colorado), in the vast expanses of the United States, such a plan would be much more difficult to implement. While some activists in the U.S. might like to see the same thing happen here, we don’t think it ever will. Do you?
Source: Green Party of New Zealand