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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.

Si­mon Smith

Se­nior Re­porter

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