New Zealand: evidence for health impacts of transport
New Zealand - 2002
Transport is an essential sector in a modern economy, but the rapid movement of vehicles and the energy required to drive them create health hazards that need to be managed to minimize impacts. This document analyses statistics on transport activities and traffic injuries in New Zealand and seeks to identify gaps. Apart from the direct safety hazards involved with transport, indirect hazards such as air pollution, noise and other environmental hazards like storm-water contamination, are analysed. In addition, the document investigates the fact that private motor vehicle travel may reduce opportunities for daily physical activity, and that major roads can reduce community coherence and lead to social isolation.
All these factors have potential health consequences, this report identifies issues that would call for further research.
Author(s) and Email
Prof. Tord Kjellström and Dr Sarah Hill
Owner contact details
National Advisory Committee on Health and Disability
National Health Committee
P.O. Box 5013