Monday, October 20, 2008

National promises toll roads

National's transport spokesperson Maurice Williamson has once again promised that National will introduce toll roads, at a toll of up to $3 a trip:

"If it is quite a short distance road of a few kilometres, somewhere in the city-type link, you'd only be talking of $1 or $2. If it's a very long haul road you may be talking of $3.

"Those are the sorts of numbers."

Multiply that by two trips a day, five days a week, and National expects you to pay up to $30 a week in tolls - which is more than 85% of us will get from their tax cuts. What they give with one hand, they claw back with the other - just as they did with user-pays for health in the 90's.