In 2009 the Minister of Transport initiated a review of the Public Transport Management Act (PTMA) 2008, and the wider operating environment for the provision of urban bus and ferry services.

The Land Transport Management Amendment Act (the Amendment Act) 2013 has amended the Land Transport Management Act 2003 (the Act). It has also repealed the Public Transport Management Act 2008 and incorporated its relevant provisions into the Land Transport Management Act.

Public Transport Operating Model

During the course of the review of the PTMA, it became clear legislative change alone would not address all the issues raised around providing public transport services. Work subsequently began on developing a new operating model for the delivery of urban bus and ferry services in New Zealand in partnership with stakeholders.

The new framework, better known as the Public Transport Operating Model, will contribute to the government’s goal of growing patronage with less reliance on public subsidy.