Northern toll road to get mobile payment option

NZTA investigating payment for trips via text

Drivers travelling on the Northern Gateway Toll Road north of Auckland may soon be able to pay via mobile phone.

The New Zealand Transport Agency is tendering for a mobile phone/text-based payment system and has invited prospective tenderers to submit a statement of interest and ability in delivering the technology.

Currently, payment options are limited to pre- and post-trip online payment, and kiosks at the entrance to the road.

The toll road opened in January and has faced some IT-related issues with payments, including security and overcharging of some motorists with pre-paid online accounts.

A tender notice appeared on the GETS (Government Electornic Tenders) website today; the Rodney Times newspaper, which serves the area immediately north of Auckland where the road is situated, first broke the news that NZTA was considering text payment last week.

NZTA spokesman Andy Knackstedt says "at this stage we are only seeking expressions of interest and no commitment has been made to develop a mobile phone-based payment solution for the toll road.

"This is an opportunity to see what is available and how this might potentially work to the benefit of tolling."

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