TOLL COSTS TOO HIGH
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.