Auckland road tolls years away
Pricing options are being considered for a possible congestion charge for Auckland drivers.
However, a final decision on how much congestion charges could be is years away.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and the Mayor’s office announced on Wednesday the Government and Auckland Council were exploring ’’smarter transport pricing’’.
The move follows investigations made last year by the agencies into reducing Auckland’s traffic woes, tabling a highway toll as a possible solution.
On Wednesday, Bridges said pricing could involve varying what road users paid at different times and locations to encourage drivers to change the time, route or way they travelled.
‘‘It is essential that we carefully consider the impacts of pricing on households and businesses,’’ he said.
‘‘A key factor will be the access people have to public transport and other alternatives.
Pricing would be primarily used to replace existing road taxes that motorists pay, he said.
‘‘This is about easing congestion, not raising more revenue.’’
Officials will spend the rest of the year assessing different pricing options for the scheme, dubbed the Smarter Transport Pricing Project. A decision on figures was still years away.
The Government and Auckland Council are investigating pricing options for Auckland drivers.