Transport tolls in Auckland

A comment from Alan on transport tolls in Auckland.


Toll roads for Auckland?

AA spokesman Barney Irvine said feedback from members showed there was support out there for tolls – as long as people saw direct congestion benefits.

“But there’s also a lot of scepticism.”

There was an important distinction between using tolls to manage demand on the roads and raising revenue, Mr Irvine said.

No, there isn’t. Both are anti-competitive monopoly exploitation. User pays is entirely different and an honourable principle which the politicians need to rediscover and auditors need to validate.

NZ Herald: Auckland road tolls: Will drivers be forced to pay 40c per kilometre?


 

I’m a long way from Auckland and it’s transport congestion (as much as possible), I got fed up with it forty years ago and left after a short experience in the big smoke, so don’t have strong feelings on this.

Perhaps ironically the current banner headline at the Herald:

BREAKING NEWS Crash blocks city-bound lanes ahead of Auckland Harbour Bridge…

Traffic in Auckland can be bad enough on a good day, but crashes create chaos.

3 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  23rd June 2016

    Roads are a Government monopoly and as such their finances need to be rigorously scrutinised. Both congestion pricing and “raising revenue” from tolls are appallingly bad and unprincipled policy options which simply give licence to bureaucrats to perpetually underperform and milk the consumer.

    Instead there should be a clear policy of user pays proper costs taking into account all contributions from taxpayers, ratepayers and fuel taxes as well as capital and maintenance costs of present and necessary improvements.

    • Gezza

       /  23rd June 2016

      User pays for all roads, highways and motorways nationally? For every time they are used? Travelling different distances in many cases? How would that work?

  2. alloytoo

     /  23rd June 2016

    I’d like to raise two points.

    1. Len has already raised an indirect congestion charge by doubling parking cost in the city.

    2. If we’re going to pay directly for the service (road use) is there going to be a “quality of service” provision. I mean if you’re paying a congestion charge, it’s to avoid congestion isn’t it?