Mo­tor ve­hi­cle levy cuts to ‘hit the young, el­derly’

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Porirua mo­torists may be hit in the pocket this year, even though mo­tor ve­hi­cle levies are to drop by an av­er­age of 41 per cent.

Mana MP Kris Faafoi said the new levies could be a prob­lem for Porirua res­i­dents be­cause their cars tended to be older than many oth­ers around the re­gion.

Welling­ton has about 269,176 cars clas­si­fied as light pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles and the av­er­age age of them is about 12.8 years.

From July 1, the levy paid when peo­ple reg­is­ter or re­new their re­gos will drop, but the amount will be determined by a new risk rat­ing ap­plied to dif­fer­ent types of ve­hi­cles.

Cars will fall into four lev­els of levy charges:

Level 1, 1975-95, 20 per cent of ve­hi­cles, $158.46 pa.

Level 2, 1996-2000, 18 per cent of ve­hi­cles, $123.46 pa.

Level 3, 2001-08, 26 per cent of ve­hi­cles, $103.46 pa.

Level 4, 2009-present, 35 per cent of ve­hi­cles, $68.38 pa.

Faafoi said that would mean the owner of a 2003 Suzuki Swift or a 1993 Toy­ota Corolla would be likely to pay more than the owner of a mod­ern car.

He said it would af­fect young and el­derly driv­ers and would do noth­ing to im­prove the safety of cars.

‘‘It’s bizarre. What’s the pur­pose? Is it go­ing to make cars safer? I don’t think so,’’ Faafoi said. ‘‘It’s been the same sys­tem for years. Why change it? Some peo­ple can’t do any­thing about it. They might only be able to af­ford an older car.’’

ACC col­lects levies from mo­tor ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing when mo­torists put petrol in their cars and when they re­new the reg­is­tra­tion.

Porirua res­i­dent and Grey Power mem­ber Kil­ian De Lacy said she did not ap­prove of the new levies.

‘‘Those who have opted for smaller cars, mostly much more eco­nom­i­cal in petrol than four­wheel drives, for in­stance, are go­ing to ben­e­fit hugely,’’ she said.

‘‘For younger peo­ple, it could mean a much higher out­put as many of them have re­ally old cars souped-up for per­for­mance, and they guz­zle gas.’’

ACC Min­is­ter Nikki Kaye said some peo­ple might be sur­prised by the risk rat­ing of their ve­hi­cles.

The aim of the sys­tem was to give peo­ple greater aware­ness of safer ve­hi­cles.

‘‘It’s not just own­ers of new cars who will ben­e­fit from risk rat­ing.

‘‘There are many car mod­els more than 10 years old in the safest levy band. And all car own­ers pay re­duced levies,’’ Kaye said.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON MCCONNELL

Lin­coln McWatt is sav­ing the world one act of kind­ness at a time.

Photo: DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Mana MP Kris Faafoi be­lieves levy cuts could be a prob­lem for some Porirua res­i­dents.

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