Government decides to worsen Auckland’s congestion
This from the Government today:
Govt moots bulk-buy of electric cars
The government plans to investigate purchasing a bulk number of electric cars in a bid to get 64,000 of them on the road.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges this afternoon announced a series of measures to increase the purchase and use of electric vehicles, including making them exempt from road user charges until they make up 2 percent of all cars on the road.
The benefits of electric cars are far-reaching, but cost and availability were preventing many people from switching, Mr Bridges said.
At the moment there are only about 2000 electric vehicles, but the government said it aimed to double that year-on-year until 2021.
The government will investigate bulk purchasing for government and private sector fleets, to build demand that will bring the cars to New Zealand at a more competitive price.
The package also includes letting electric cars drive in bus and transit lanes, and a $6 million annual fund to support low-emission vehicle projects.
Green Party transport spokesperson Julie-Anne Genter posted to Twitter saying she was not impressed.
— Julie Anne Genter (@JulieAnneGenter) May 5, 2016
Effectively as the Tweet shows below those who can afford an electric car will be allowed to drive down the Northern Bus Way effectively clogging that up eliminating all efficiencies and savings in commuting that the Busway gives over the Northern Motorway:
The Government has effectively made the bus lane and the bus way effectively useless and congestion actually worse. A better bet would have been to expand the heavy rail network, start the light rail network and make all buses electric. But no this Government continues its car fetish with this policy harmful to Auckland.
Oh and remember:
Can’t see that getting any better if bus ways can be used by cars…