Labour Policy Will See More Trucks On The Road
Helen Clark's recent statement on roading sounds like a
recipe for more
roads, more trucks, and more damage to the environment, says the Green
not to have learned from the experience both here and
that building more roads actually generates more traffic," says Green party
Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons. "If those new roads are built by profit
making companies trying to repay their investment through tolls, the
incentive will be to maximise the number of vehicles on the road.
"We welcome Labour's indication of more
investment in public transport, but
they cannot pursue both strategies at once. If we build more roads we will
undermine public transport and rail."
Fitzsimons said she was worried by the suggestion that
pay less under a Labour government, and light vehicles more.
"Reducing user charges for heavy vehicles
will just see more trucks on the
heavy transport pays less then its share of roading
Diesel users contribute nothing to the consolidated fund which pays for many
of the costs of road transport like policing, justice, health and
environmental costs," she said. "Petrol users - normal motorists - are left
footing the bill.
should be directed at providing the right incentives for
freight to transfer to rail - not only will that make for better driving
conditions, it will make roads cheaper to maintain."