Fuel tax refuses to die
There are renewed calls to fund Auckland transport infrastructure through a regional fuel tax.
Climate change group Generation Zero is campaigning for an Auckland-wide fuel tax to contribute towards the projected $7 billion needed to fund Auckland transport infrastructure over the next decade.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, who advocated for a regional fuel tax earlier in the year, said it would provide an effective, cheap and easy answer to Auckland’s revenue needs for infrastructure.
A regional fuel tax could be applied to petrol and diesel sold within Auckland.
In February the Government ruled out the tax for Auckland.
Generation Zero said work undertaken in 2009 by the Government showed that a 1 per cent petrol tax rise across the Auckland region would raise $12 million a year, and with a tax rise of 7 cents per litre $84 million could be raised every year.
Generation Zero spokesperson Leroy Beckett said the Government’s decision was not binding, and there was no reason why it couldn’t be implemented.
’’It’s an option for Auckland to fund itself that we don’t have at the moment,’’ he said.
More user-pay systems were needed and Auckland Council and the government were investigating road pricing, Goff said.