Regional fuel tax beyond Auckland?

The legislation enabling a fuel tax in Auckland to help finance transport infrastructure improvements may go further – as far as right around the country. But Transport Minister Phil Twyford says that that can’t happen during the current term of government.

RNZ: Fuel tax possible around the country – National Party

Legislation introduced this week would allow a tax to be imposed anywhere in the country if a regional council makes the case.

National’s transport spokesperson Jami-Lee Ross said Labour campaigned on a fuel tax for Auckland – nowhere else.

The “big surprise”, he said, was that a regional fuel tax would be possible around the country.

“The government needs to be upfront with the rest of New Zealand and tell them that in just a few short years they’re going to be seeing fuel tax in their regions as well.

“It’s another opportunity for the Labour government to tax motorists more.”

But the Transport Minister is assuring motorists no-one outside of Auckland will be hit with a regional fuel tax this term of government.

The legislation prevented regional councils outside of Auckland from seeking a fuel tax until 2021, Phil Twyford said.

“In the future councils may want to take part of it but we’ve been clear publicly and directly to councils that this government will not be considering any other proposals for fuel taxes, other than Auckland’s, in our first term of government.”

Mr Twyford said he had already personally given that message to the mayors of Christchurch and Hamilton.

In its election tax policy Labour specifically talks about a tax only for Auckland, and said Labour had “no plans for any other regional fuel taxes”.

It seems that Labour does have plans for allowing higher fuel tax in other regions, eventually.

Labour have also said they won’t introduce any taxes recommend by the Tax Working Group this term, but they would campaign on what they wanted for the 2020 election. It is possible they will introduce new tax legislation ready to be implement next term – like the regional fuel tax legislation.

Tax could be a big issue in the next election.

I’m sure someone will keep track of all the tax guns loaded, ready to fire should Labour win a second term.

Have your say on the Land Transport Management (Regional Fuel Tax) Amendment Bill

27 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  March 30, 2018

    There’s no doubt, Labour has a death wish. Maybe they are hoping regional fuel taxes will stop provincial ferals traipsing up the steps of parliament, cap in hand.

    • Gezza

       /  March 30, 2018

      Provincial reps seeking government assistance to boost economic activity in their regions are not likely to be “ferals”.

      Several are likely to be hoping to get run down or not existent infrastructure given priority & good luck to them.

      We just have to hope any their proposals are given a detailed blimmin CBA because they haven’t all got off to a great start so far. And it’s not very encouraging to hear Shane Jones say there aren’t any specific criteria “the Provincial Champion” (as he now regularly describes himself in The House) is working to. Just four other Ministers he consults.

      The other point is yes – more blimmin user pays indirect taxes might be the only way this government can eventually pay for its promises. At least on this point the Opposition can keep raising the temperature of the taxpayers.

    • PartisanZ

       /  March 30, 2018

      Nah … No fuel tax … Cut health spending instead …

      Of course they don’t even need to consider this. They simply need to rationalize Roads of National Significance and free hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars for other things, while still providing perfectly adequate present and future road transport infrastructure … AND, win votes by providing it SOONER!!!

      It’s a total win/win.

      • Corky

         /  March 30, 2018

        ”Nah … No fuel tax … Cut health spending instead …”

        I prefer they cut company tax.

        • Gezza

           /  March 30, 2018

          How do you think they’d make up the shortfall?

      • High Flying Duck

         /  March 30, 2018

        Are labour going to cut health spending Parti? National certainly didn’t:

        2008 – 2017
        Nominal Health vote – increased by $4.85 billion from $11.92B to $16.77B up 40.7%
        Real Health vote – increase by $3B from $13.77 to $16.77B – up 21.8%
        Real Health Vote per Capita – increased $3,233 to $3,574 – up 10.5%

        So over 10% up per capita after inflation.

        Roads of national significance have made roads safer and transport faster contributing to the growth we need to ensure money is available for other services.

        Labour seems to think a big hand brake is the solution.

  2. PDB

     /  March 30, 2018

    Councils are in trouble up and down the country with big spending, rising debt & in many cases they are providing less services with more rate rises. Giving them another means of taking money from people to continue their insanity whilst ignoring the underlying issues they will continue to plague these organisations IS insanity.

    • Blazer

       /  March 30, 2018

      in case you hadn’t noticed traffic gridlocks have developed in…Auckland.The National Govt as usual has left it to the Super City they instituted to…deal with it.

      • PDB

         /  March 30, 2018

        Traffic gridlocks in Auckland are mainly due to inept town planners & a policy of making it more difficult to commute by car. Roads have been narrowed throughout Auckland, there is far less car parking and car lanes have been removed. The regional fuel tax will only drive up business costs and will hit the poorest the hardest as they are less likely to live in the inner suburbs & less able to afford the extra costs.

        • David

           /  March 30, 2018

          “Traffic gridlocks in Auckland are mainly due to inept town planners & a policy of making it more difficult to commute by car.”

          Town planners are not inept. The traffic gridlock is there by design, they simply hate cars and long for the day when everyone travels on their perfectly designed mass transit systems.

          • Alloytoo

             /  March 30, 2018

            The big problem here is the complete and utter absence of Carrot, but plenty of stick to beat the motorist with.

    • NOEL

       /  March 30, 2018

      PDB your comment is especially true of Regional Councils. Why they exist is beyond me.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 30, 2018

    So let’s introduce a regional fuel tax just as cars go electric? Thereby hitting hard those who can’t afford a shiny new Tesla. Ain’t gonna happen.

    • Corky

       /  March 30, 2018

      I hear the proposed registration for electric cars will be $600 per year. Of course that will just be the start.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 30, 2018

        Not all electric cars are Teslas or cost what they do.

        I wonder where people think that the power for electric cars comes from and how it’s made and maintained.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 30, 2018

          Hello, PDTs, I knew that you three sad sacks would downtick that, regardless of what it said.

      • Gezza

         /  March 30, 2018

        Doesn’t seem to be anywhere near that at the moment:
        https://www.nzta.govt.nz/vehicles/licensing-rego/vehicle-fees/licensing-fees/

        Why would it be increased by that much over what it is now, relative to petrol driven – and where exactly did you hear that?

        • High Flying Duck

           /  March 30, 2018

          It has to increase. The Government is walking a fine line with EV’s.
          They rely on petrol taxes to fund roading, but are encouraging people into cars that don’t use any.
          At some stage petrol taxes will need to be replaced with increased license fees or road user charges.

          • Gezza

             /  March 30, 2018

            Ah – good point. Not if they just up the tax on rich pricks?

            • High Flying Duck

               /  March 30, 2018

              I think the upcoming Rich Prick taxes are on top of all the existing ones.

            • Gezza

               /  March 30, 2018

              Politicians exempt?

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  March 30, 2018

    Didn’t our dear PM say that petrol cost too much…just before she put the regionat tax on Aucklanders ?

    Here come the Three Stooges, aka the PDTs. I wonder how many minutes it will be before they appear.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 30, 2018

      Three minutes for the first one…poor sad sod.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 30, 2018

        You PDTs need to find something better to do.

        • Gezza

           /  March 30, 2018

          Might just be the same person.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 31, 2018

            Poor benighted person, thank Heaven I’m not that hard up for something to do.