Fuel tax a step closer to re­al­ity

Central Leader - - News -

A re­gional fuel tax is one step closer to be­ing added to petrol costs next year.

Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil­lors en­dorsed a 1 cent per litre tax to be in­tro­duced from July 1, 2009.

The tax is pro­posed to rise to 3 cents the fol­low- ing year and 5 cents in 2011.

The money will help fast-track trans­port projects in­clud­ing an elec­tric train fleet, rail and ferry sta­tion up­grades and smart tick­et­ing.

Re­gional coun­cil chair­man Mike Lee says the re­gion is on the brink of mod­ernising its pub­lic trans­port sys­tem.

Leg­is­la­tion to al­low the re­gional tax was ap­proved by Par­lia­ment ear­lier this year.

The pro­posal must now be ap­proved by the fi­nance and trans­port min­is­ters.

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