Motorbike Toll Going Ahead


Despite some protests from motorcyclists, the toll for motorcyclists using the Northern Gateway Toll Road on State Highway 1 north of Auckland  will happen from Tuesday.

NZTA Regional Director for Auckland and Northland, Wayne McDonald, insists tolling motorcycles is a matter of fairness.

“Toll revenue is used to repay the debt raised to build the highway early, and motorcyclists receive similar benefits from using the toll road as other motorists in terms of time savings and safer journeys. Introducing a toll that is the same as that for cars will be fairer for everyone.”

Mr McDonald says motorcyclists, like all other road users, also have the choice of using free alternative routes along the Hibiscus Coast Highway through Orewa or SH16 between Helensville and Wellsford.

The number of motorcycle trips on the Northern Gateway Toll Road from its opening until 31 December 2009 was 51, 000, representing just over one percent of all trips on the highway.

The toll will be $2 per trip, the same tariff that applies to cars and other light vehicles (heavy vehicles over 3.5 tonnes pay $4 per trip).

The Northern Gateway toll signs are about to change

When the toll road opened in January, 2009, the toll for motorcycles was set at zero pending a review of an appropriate tariff. Public consultations on the issue were held in late 2009 before the NZTA Board approved the $2 tariff earlier this year.




  1. David says:

    based on this their logic was?

    the facts: motorbikes can carry two passengers max and thats only if the rider holds a full licence. cars/vans carry 2 - 10 passengers and so they should pay the same price? how does that make sense. I don’t mind paying but i do mind paying the same amount as car drivers.

    trucks get charged $4 if they are over 3.5 tonnes so if its based on weight of the vehicle then motorbikes should be charged about 10c maybe…

  2. Matt L says:

    David - the reason given is due the time savings achieved not on the weight or number of passengers transported. Based on those factors it is fair


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