Fuel tax to fund Auckland PT
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