INDEPENDENT NEWS

New regional petrol tax not ruled out

Published: Thu 12 Jun 2003 01:14 PM
Hon Roger Sowry MP National Party Transport Spokesman
12 June 2003
New regional petrol tax not ruled out
The Government is refusing to rule out a new 10c a litre regional petrol tax to pay for regional roading initiatives, says National Party Transport spokesman Roger Sowry.
"That'll come on top of the petrol tax slapped on Kiwi motorists last year to pay for Auckland roads.
"The Transport Minister has confirmed only recently that the 3c a litre tax, which was supposedly in place for just 16 months, will remain indefinitely.
"At a select committee meeting today Transport Minister Paul Swain refused to dismiss suggestions of a new tax to pay for regional roads.
"Now regional motorists, who are already helping to pay for Auckland's roading crisis, will be forced to pay again for their own local roads.
"There's no way that motorists in the regions should be forced to pay another tax when the Government is carrying a huge Budget surplus.
"The 10c a litre tax would have a huge impact on the regions, especially for those on fixed incomes and those living in rural communities who have to travel for services.
"Remember this is a Government that promised in its pledge card that there would be no income tax increases for the 95% of taxpayers earning under $60,000 a year.
"Some might argue they've honoured that promise, but in the last couple of months we've seen an energy tax, a sherry tax and now suggestions of a new petrol tax.
"The irony is that all of those taxes will hit hardest among the low income group of New Zealanders that Labour claims to care so much about," Mr Sowry says.
Ends

Next in New Zealand politics

Inquiry launched into leak on Simon Bridges' expenses
By: RNZ
Nationwide rallies and marches tomorrow
By: NZEI Te Riu Roa
Historic pay equity settlement for education support workers
By: New Zealand Government
Gordon Campbell on the stereotypes about Jacinda Ardern
By: Gordon Campbell
The Nation: Former Aust Human Rights Commission president
By: The Nation
Prisoner has 9 boxes of documents seized
By: People Against Prisons Aotearoa
Single-use plastic bags to be phased out
By: New Zealand Government
MPs' spending expenses revealed
By: RNZ
Hipkins: Teachers' pay demand 'out of kilter'
By: RNZ
Teachers prepared for two-day strike
By: RNZ
It’s time for teachers to shine
By: New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
Minister, Stuart McCutcheon isn’t making teacher strike easy
By: Tertiary Education Union
PSA shows solidarity to striking NZEI members
By: Public Service Association
Govt must reach agreement and avoid more strikes
By: New Zealand National Party
Minister’s hands-off approach to strike reckless
By: New Zealand National Party
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media