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ACC proposes ‘across the board’ levy cuts next year

Published: Tue 20 May 2014 10:09 AM
ACC proposes ‘across the board’ levy cuts next year
ACC is proposing significant cuts to motor vehicle levies, including the ACC petrol levy, next year, as well as further reductions to work and earner levies.
The corporation is seeking feedback on these and other proposed changes as part of its annual levy consultation process, which starts today.
After consultation closes, ACC will consider all submissions received, then make its recommendations to the Minister for ACC. The final decision on levies rests with the Government.
“On average, we’re proposing a forty per cent cut to motor vehicle levies, which are paid when relicensing a vehicle and through the petrol levy paid at the pump,” says ACC Chair Paula Rebstock.
“We’re also proposing an average twenty-one per cent cut to work levies, and a five per cent cut to the earners’ levy in 2015.”
This follows the significant reductions to work and earner levies which took effect in April this year.
Ms Rebstock says “This is a significant package of proposed levy cuts, made possible by the fact that the Scheme has achieved its goal of being fully funded.”
Full funding means ACC has sufficient financial assets to meet the lifetime costs of all existing claims.
As well as reducing motor vehicle and petrol levies, ACC is also proposing the introduction of ‘risk rating’ for cars in 2015.
Risk rating would see the levy paid by car owners reflect how their vehicle’s design affects injury outcomes in a crash.
Motor vehicle levies already reflect the different risk and cost of injury associated with different classes of vehicle. Risk rating would enable a more sophisticated classification of risk, based on real life crash data, within the ‘light passenger’ classes, which essentially comprise cars.
“Risk rating would mean owners of safer cars pay lower levies, to reflect the fact their vehicle is less likely to cause injury if involved in a crash.
“While owners of the safest cars may receive the largest levy cut, I’d like to emphasise that all car owners will pay lower levies under our proposed changes.”
Ms Rebstock says ACC is not proposing levy reductions for motorcycles next year. This is because motorcycle-related injuries continue to generate disproportionately high costs for the scheme, and motorcycle levies are already heavily subsidised by owners of other types of motor vehicle.
Proposed changes to levies in 2015/16
• combined average motor vehicle levy reduced from $330.68 to $200 (40% reduction)
• petrol levy reduced from 9.9 cents to 5.9 cents per litre (40% reduction)
• average work levy reduced from $0.95 to $0.75 per $100 of liable earnings (21% reduction)
• earners’ levy reduced from $1.26 to $1.20 per $100 of liable earnings (5% reduction)
Other changes that ACC is proposing for 2015/16 include:
• increasing the minimum and maximum liable earnings limits for work and earners’ levies.
Some figures highlighted in this media release depict average reductions across entire levy categories, so ACC encourages Kiwis to check the levy consultation documents, to find out the individual impact of the proposed changes.
“Levy consultation is an opportunity for Kiwis to have their say on the changes ACC is proposing for the coming year. I encourage everyone to read the consultation documents, and send us a submission if you want to share your views with us.”
This year’s consultation runs until 5.00pm on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
To find out more about the proposed changes, go to www.acc.co.nz/levyconsultation
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