You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Road price announcement imminent

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/06/2017

A road pricing system for Auckland could be announced as early as next week.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is expecting the government to make an announcement within the week and says it will be good news for the city in the medium term.

Reports have shown tolls of up to 40 cents per kilometre could reduce congestion and fund transport projects.

In the short term Mr Goff says the city needs some degree of revenue sharing as it stares down the barrel of a $7 billion transport shortfall.

"If you go to Australia and see a big city like Melbourne, where do they get their money for infrastructure? The government - the federal government - puts down to the state government a share of GST," he told TV3's The Nation on Saturday.

"We need something like that for a city the size of Auckland in New Zealand."

Meanwhile on another front Auckland Council is facing the possible cost of legal action over Mr Goff's bed tax to pay for tourism infrastructure in the city.

Industry members are opposed to the idea and have threatened legal action to block it.

But the council has received legal advice and Mr Goff said they were on "very firm ground".

He assured the industry that despite their beliefs otherwise they could pass on the tax to visitors in the same way as any other business cost.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon