Fuel tax to fund Auck­land PT

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A new fuel tax will be im­posed on Auck­land mo­torists to help fund $27 bil­lion in trans­port in­fra­struc­ture within the next six months.

Auck­land Mayor Phil Goff wel­comes the New Zealand Gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment that it will al­low Auck­land Coun­cil to in­tro­duce a re­gional fuel tax to fund in­vest­ment in the city’s trans­port net­work, in­clud­ing light rail to the air­port.

“Dur­ing the may­oral cam­paign, I ad­vo­cated for a re­gional fuel tax to fund Auck­land’s trans­port needs,” he says.

“Auck­land has to pay its share of des­per­ately needed trans­port in­fra­struc­ture to tackle con­ges­tion which is wors­en­ing with 50,000 peo­ple be­ing added to our city each year.

“Light rail will help de­con­gest our roads and pro­vide a 21st-cen­tury gate­way to visi­tors to Auck­land. It will also al­low for more in­ten­sive hous­ing de­vel­op­ment around trans­port hubs bring­ing eco­nomic ben­e­fits to those sub­urbs it trav­els through.”

He says that a fuel tax is ef­fec­tive and cheap, and easy to ad­min­is­ter; it will help en­sure Auck­land can pay its share of the nearly $27 bil­lion ex­pen­di­ture on trans­port in­fra­struc­ture over the next 10 years.

“Without this level of in­vest­ment our rapidly grow­ing pop­u­la­tion will worsen the con­ges­tion on our roads with mount­ing costs in frus­tra­tion and lost pro­duc­tiv­ity,” Goff says.

“A re­gional fuel tax of 10 cents a litre will raise twice as much money as the In­terim Trans­port Levy to in­vest in new trans­port in­fra­struc­ture. It will also be much fairer by re­lat­ing the money paid to use of our roads.

“Trans­port in­vest­ment in Auck­land is a part­ner­ship be­tween gov­ern­ment and coun­cil, and I look for­ward to dis­cus­sions with the Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for Trans­port in the com­ing weeks to be­gin work to in­tro­duce the fuel tax in Auck­land as quickly as pos­si­ble and agree on the fund­ing and trans­port pri­or­i­ties over the com­ing decade.”

Above: A fuel tax will be in­tro­duced to help pay for trans­port in­fra­struc­ture in Auck­land

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