Len Brown was once upon a time a man who appeared connected to the Community, and had the Community as his focus. But, like the John Key’s of this World, his focus soon changed once he started making big money – and soon he cared about only one thing, how to line his pockets more, and those of his new Corporate Mates.
Len’s latest ill thought out ideas include introducing road tolls and fuel taxes, which will supposedly ‘fix Auckland’s nightmare traffic’. We all know that not only will extra roads, and more lanes do little to solve the problems, they would be years away from actually being put in place. Meanwhile the congestion gets worse literally by the week, with almost any time of day seeing every motorway at near crawling speed, along with every main road. These fuel taxes and tolls will also hurt the low income people even more, while the wealthy just laugh them off as a ‘nothing’, and find ways to claim them back in tax, like all of the tax evading National Party Supporters.
There are several legislation changes that would have an immediate effect on reducing congestion, but the ‘vote conscious’ money hungry Politicians won’t introduce these just in case those they effect outweigh those they benefit when it comes to votes. But – without these changes, or similar, within months Auckland will come to a standstill – with it being literally impossible to get to work, or back home in less than hours, rather than tens of minutes. Businesses will close, people will suffer – Auckland will become a Slum (more than it already is).
So – here are the changes needed – bring them to the attention of ‘Shaghigh Len’, and ‘Casino Key’, and wait for the excuses why they can’t do them (of course nothing at all to do with their Corporate Mates who are ready to pounce to make billions from toll roads).
Fix the Traffic Lights! Currently the phasing of many of the traffic lights in Auckland have no connection to how many cars are waiting. Just one example is the Gt South Rd / Wiri Station Rd Intersection, which would be one of the busiest intersections in South Auckland. Waiting on Gt South Rd the other evening it took nearly 20 minutes to move about 250 metres! This was mainly due to lights going green for only about ten seconds, despite there being up to 1000 cars queued up waiting to get through! Many other lights have ‘red arrows’ preventing cars from turning even when there is no oncoming traffic to stop them! Every set of lights needs to be assessed in detail by traffic flow engineers, preferably from overseas rather than the current dim witted Auckland based engineers!
Ban Large Trucks on all City Roads and Motorways Between 7.30am-9.00am, and 4.30pm – 6.00pm! There is no reason in the World large trucks / truck and trailer units can not make pick ups and drop off at any other time, outside of peak traffic times! It amazes me to see every day these monsters of vehicles clogging the roads as hundreds of thousands of commuters try and get to work, and then back home. Easy to implement, simply give three months notice, then from the start date fine each and every driver and the company they work for with massive fines – compliance will come very quickly!
Introduce Carless Days for People Not in Employment! If you do not work, there is no pressing reason why on one weekday each week you can not either stay at home, or use a bus, bike, or taxi! The argument will be “How would we implement that!” Well, Duh! If you pay income taxes in Auckland, then you receive a window display ‘DRIVE’ pass to place on your windowsill, if you don’t have one of these you apply for a ‘Carless Day’ sticker, which will show the randomly chosen Weekday your vehicle can not be driven. You must have one of these (or a ‘Day Pass’) on your car window to drive on Auckland’s Rds, if you don’t – big fines yet again! Visitors to Auckland will be able to purchase a ‘Day Pass’ sticker for a small amount to allow them to drive on Auckland Rds without one of the other required stickers – this will help offset the admin costs.
Write to Lenny, and Johnny, copy and paste the solutions above and demand they implement them rather than more taxes! Don’t just sit back and let Len’s and John’s mates squeeze you for even more money!