Congestion Tax in Wellington Possible

Callum McPetrie's picture
Submitted by Callum McPetrie on Sat, 2007-08-25 05:33

According to Stuff, NZ's biggest internet media site, the Wellington Regional Council is proposing a brand new "congestion tax" during peak travel times on the City's motorways and highways, using the success of the scheme in other world cities (London being the main example) as a justification for the tax. A congestion tax is also being planned in central Auckland.

Although the "congestion tax" is a lot fairer than other taxes because of the fact that it's a user-pays scheme, but, like all councils and governing bodies, I'm certain it's merely an excuse for another tax. Unless rates were lowered in Wellington to have a larger percentage of income come from this possible new tax, I think it'll simply be another case of more financial burden on Wellington's residents. For the time being, we'll have to see what happens.

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Private Roads

This would only be at most a temporary problem if the roads where privatized. Roads getting heaviest traffic would be the ones getting the most construction and innovation. So what does the government do when it fails to provide adequate roads? Taxes us more to punish us for using the OUR roads!



Elijah Lineberry's picture

it is rather shocking...gosh...more taxes! Barf!

However, when I was in Wellington last year for a couple of weeks undertaking some business, I was struck by the number of people who use their cars and the gridlock which would result at 5pm until 7pm.

Considering our Nation's Capital is so small and provincial...(a bit like Albert Park with a few office buildings) Sticking out tongue is a wonder anyone needs to drive their cars!

You can wander around and be well and truly over the novelty of the place within 10 minutes.

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