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Auckland road pricing to be investigated

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/06/2017

Terms of reference have been set out for an investigation into "smarter transport pricing" in Auckland more than a decade after the government first examined a road pricing system.

Ideas up for discussion could include a road user pays system or congestion charge according to Transport Minister Simon Bridges who announced the investigation on Wednesday.

The government will work with Auckland City Council as part of a plan to tackle congestion in the growing city.

But the terms of reference will also consider the cost to households with Mr Bridges saying the plan was not about revenue raising.

"A key factor will be the access people have to public transport and other alternatives," Mr Bridges said.

"The government has also made a clear undertaking that any form of variable pricing will be primarily used to replace the existing road taxes that motorists pay."

The invesigation comes 13 years after the Ministry of Transport first investigated road pricing for Auckland, resulting in a 2006 report considering several schemes.

In 2008 the Auckland Road Pricing Study considered two schemes and took public submissions to assess the response.

The first stage of the new investigation is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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