The Taxpayers’ Union is set to launch a new campaign to stop Labour’s unfair, uneconomic, and unenvironmental tax scheme
on family cars and utes to fund electric vehicles and the wealthy elite for zero environmental benefit.
The campaign’s petition, at CarTax.co.nz
is targeting all vehicle owners who can’t afford a Tesla, or who need a car that lasts more than a few hundred kms or
larger than a Nissan Leaf.
“What makes this tax scheme so unfair is that it disproportionately impacts larger families and low-income earners for
whom an electric car is a pipe dream,” says Jordan Williams, a Spokesman for the Taxpayers’ Union.
“And the electric vehicle subsidies don’t even help climate change. Because transport is already under the ‘cap and
trade’ Emissions Trading Scheme, any emissions saved simply appear elsewhere. It has a huge cost, but zip economic
“The electric car rebate system is yet another example of this Government acting contrary to the advice of the UN
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Their advice is for the politicians not to intervene in parts of the economy
covered by an ETS because of the ‘waterbed effect'. This environmental virtue-signalling will add a few grand to the
price of a large family car. This campaign is to call out the cost and the lack of environmental benefit.”
“The Government will be taxing utes and people-movers in Otara so National Party voters in St Heliers can get eight
grand off the base model Tesla. And for not a single tonne saved in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions. Socially,
environmentally, and financially, it is wrong.”
New Zealanders are encouraged to sign the petition to stop the Car Tax at www.CarTax.co.nz