TOLL COSTS TOO HIGH

Rodney Times - - CONVERSATIONS -

Re, North­ern Gate­way tolls, Rod­ney Times, P1, Fe­bru­ary 13.

$34 mil­lion over nine years sounds very high for toll col­lec­tion costs. That’s $3.8m per year. Four peo­ple (one on each lane) in a toll booth at $38 per hour (sup­pos­edly a living wage for a trained builder), 365 days a year, and even 24 hours a day, would cost only $1.3m per an­num. Pretty sure the cap­i­tal cost of four air­con­di­tioned toll booths comes in a darn sight cheaper than all the cam­eras, lights and leased cir­cuits to Welling­ton to feed a gi­ant com­puter on lease, with all the fol­low up peo­ple for non-pay­ers. There’d be less non-pay­ers too. In the days of Har­bour Bridge tolls, no pay - no go. Why are we wast­ing our money on com­put­ers and over­seas tech­nol­ogy when peo­ple on the job would have knocked an ex­tra $12m off the tun­nel run debt in the last nine years? New Zealand is a low wage econ­omy, let us the peo­ple suf­fer­ing from it, make the best use of that, as do all em­ploy­ers.

Con­ges­tion pric­ing to lower traffic is be­ing ex­plored.

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