Crackdown On Toll Debts


NZTA today launched a crackdown on people who never paid their Northern Gateway toll.

The person with the highest debt operates two vehicles, and has a combined total of 667 unpaid trips with a debt of $1, 8750.20.  This person is liable for $26,680 in fines, with a $40 infringement fee applying to each unpaid trip.  The worst single vehicle offender has 469 unpaid trips and would owe $18,760 in fines.

The crackdown is a matter of fairness, says the NZTA’s Regional Director for Auckland and Northland, Wayne McDonald.

“The toll road is a user pays section of highway.  Overall compliance is very high – around 95% - but it those others who repeatedly refuse avoid paying that we are targeting,” he says.  “They will face heavy fines - in many cases costing several thousands of dollars.”

NZTA is writing to those people with multiple unpaid trips on the Northern Gateway Toll Road to tell them that they have until 14 June to make good their debts.

If they have not paid by then, the NZTA will issue an infringement notice of $40 for each unpaid trip.

The toll road’s operating report for the six months to the end of December, 2009, reports that debtors owe a total of $525,254.08 – about 5% of the highway’s total revenue of $9.84million.





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