New Zealand welcomes today’s announcement that the Government and Auckland
Council will investigate road pricing, but is concerned that the Terms of
Reference over-emphasise demand management and do not recognise the constraints
current funding is placing on both near and longer term investment," says
Stephen Selwood CEO of Infrastructure NZ.
central to social and economic well-being. Imposing prices at a level which
makes travel prohibitive should not be the goal.
"We need to find
an appropriate balance between raising the revenue necessary for investment
whilst also managing demand more effectively across the transport system.
"Prices should be
set at a level that encourages people to think about travelling at a different
time, in a different way or in another mode rather than at a level which is not
affordable and where mobility is suppressed.
including business and community groups, the AA and public transport
associations are all integral to winning support for change.
recommend that the governing parties undertake a very proactive engagement
process to ensure support.
"While a fair and
robust pricing system is developed for New Zealand over the medium term, a
near-term solution to Auckland’s funding challenge must be identified.
"The easiest way
to implement pricing in the short term would be tolls on the motorway. Using
existing technology and priced dynamically, motorway tolls would balance demand
and provide a stepping stone to full road pricing," Selwood says.