Steve Joyce talks out loud about tolling Aucklander’s motorways.
In an election year.
Is he mad, stupid, or both?
The Government has confirmed it is now open to the introduction of electronic road tolling in Auckland.
Finance Minister Steven Joyce has told a business audience the Government could support road tolling but will not support a regional fuel tax.
“There is no getting away from the fact that central Auckland is built on a narrow isthmus which makes it hard to get around – and the available land transport corridors are rapidly being used,” Joyce said in a speech.
“So beyond the current building programme we are going to have to look at demand management to reduce the reliance on the road corridors, in favour of better use of buses, trains and ferries.”