Fuel tax increase a blow

Simon Bridges
National Party Leader
simonbridges.co.nz

Over the past couple of weeks there has been a lot of discussion and outrage about the new petrol taxes the government is introducing. A nationwide fuel tax increase of between nine and 12 cents a litre has been proposed.

Aucklanders will be the hardest hit due to their 10 cents a litre regional fuel tax being added on top of this nationwide fuel tax increase. This means Aucklanders will be paying around 22 cents per litre more for their petrol – or 25 cents once you add in GST.

Have you worked out how much extra that could cost you a week? For some motorists it could be as high as $15 every time they fill up. This adds up if your family has more than one car on the road. It also means you will potentially pay more for things like groceries as freight operators pass their significant additional costs onto consumers.

If you are a low income New Zealander, this is a blow. You possibly live in an outer area and use more petrol than those who live closer, so any increase is worrying.

It would be easier to stomach if you knew your contribution was helping solve Tauranga’s traffic problems but the governments new transport plan will cut the funding allocated for state highways by $5 billion. This is not good news if you travel along SH2 between Katikati and Tauranga.

Meanwhile, an initial investment of $3.3 billion over 10 years will be ploughed into Labour’s plans for light rail in Auckland. Let’s face it, if you don’t live or visit Auckland you are probably very upset to hear this.

This is a clear breach of Jacinda Ardern's promise before the election that there would be no new taxes in this term of parliament. Rest assured, National is fighting this. We do not believe this substantial hike is necessary or acceptable.



2 Comments

Don’t want roads fixed

Posted on 22-04-2018 13:08 | By Country life

People go on about fixing the roads but I dont think they do. I live in omokoroa and it seems people dont want the inconvenience of road works. They say fix the roads and then abuse the road workers and stop and go people when they are improving our roads for us. I saw a rural post guy the other day get out of his van shaking his head and hands on hips because he was stopped for a few minutes. Come on people be patient with these people. I was disgusted with what I saw. They are doing a job that we want done. And they do a great job

Come clean

Posted on 21-04-2018 18:11 | By Told you

Would the National Party please come clean and say how much of our petrol price is part of what they introduced.

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