Government to surrender Auckland by announcing road tolls next week according to Phil Goff

Phil Goff must think that the government is suicidal because he is suggesting that they will announce road tolls or some sort of congestion charging for Auckland next week.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says there will be a road pricing announcement from the government next week, which will be good news for the city in the medium term. He wouldn’t give any more details, saying it’s up to the government to make the announcement.

Mr Goff called on the government to consider road pricing in an interview with NBR published on Friday.

Road pricing is direct charges levied for use of the roads, including road tolls or congestion charges on certain roads. New Zealand councils are restricted on how they can raise funds despite having one of the lowest ratios of local to central government spending in the developed world.  

He says the amount of money needed for Auckland infrastructure over the next decade is likely to be about $7 billion, rather than the $4 billion initially included in the Auckland Transport Alignment Project. He says the difference is down to a big increase in the number of people moving to the city.

They’d have to be stupid to do that, even if David Farrar has been polling on it. I say this because most people think road tolls are ok…for other people to pay. As soon as they have to start paying for roads they’ve already paid for they revolt.

The only way they could do this is to toll our motorways which are already paid for as they are state highways.

If National really wants to commit suicide then this is a good way to do it. I predict a back bench revolt as well.

 

-NBR


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