FROM THE STAFF
The news story on our front page today about the country’s annual vehicle licensing system misses the point I set out to make.
I say that being the reporter who gathered the information, did the interviews and wrote it.
The story came about because I wondered to myself why this system of tax was different.
Why was enforcement needed, at $200 a pop, for a tax that could not be avoided?
The country moved to continuous licensing in 1992, making it no longer possible for people to avoid paying.
The fines seem unfairly punitive when compared to IRD, which its late payment penalty charges are a mere 5 per cent after seven days tax with a further 1 per cent added each month after that.
IRD doesn’t even add late payment penalties on amounts of $100 or less.
Nobody I talked to for the story though seemed to grasp or see this as an issue.