INDEPENDENT NEWS

Petrol Tax Refunds For Coastguard

Published: Mon 10 Dec 2001 10:36 AM
December 9 2001
Search and rescue vessels are to be refunded the money they currently pay on petrol excise duty, Transport Minister Mark Gosche announced today.
Mr Gosche said the Coastguard had requested that it be given the same exemption on excise duty that is currently available to commercial vessels. Their
case for the refunds had been strongly argued by East Coast MP Janet Mackey.
“Search and rescue organisations such as the Coastguard provide an invaluable service free of charge, and save hundreds of lives a year. It is only fair that these organisations get this exemption,” said Mr Gosche.
“While it is not a lot of money involved, probably about $30,000 a year, this will make a big difference to the Coastguard which is a voluntary organisation with limited funds.”
“In the International Year of Volunteers it is particularly appropriate that we support such a vital community service.”
Ends

Next in New Zealand politics

Gordon Campbell on a new book on the leaky homes scandal
By: Gordon Campbell
Review finds NZTA road safety regulation failings
By: RNZ
Climate Change Commission Chair-designate announced
By: New Zealand Government
Government putting right Holidays Act underpayment in Health
By: New Zealand Government
Police should not have pursued youths on Auckland motorway
By: Independent Police Conduct Authority
Locked-in care is a ‘hard place to be happy’
By: Office of the Children's Commissioner
Campaigner welcomes removal of racist refugee restrictions
By: Murdoch Stephens
Sroubek report confirms Minister made wrong decision
By: New Zealand National Party
NZTA to refocus on safety following review
By: New Zealand Government
NZTA to adopt "safety first"?
By: Movement
NZ roads will never cope with heavier trucks
By: Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre
National Party open to higher methane targets
By: BusinessDesk
NZ to go Dutch to battle climate change
By: BusinessDesk
Small end of town needs to chip in on climate change - Carr
By: BusinessDesk
Carr named to chair Climate Change Commission
By: BusinessDesk
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media