The National Party is highlighting Labour’s double whammy of national and regional fuel tax increases by launching an advertisement to illustrate the costs faced by consumers and a petition to encourage people to voice their opposition, National’s Transport Spokesman Jami-Lee Ross says.
“These taxes will hurt consumers in the pocket. As well as the direct impact on what you pay at the pump, they have an effect on most other products you buy, and that really adds up,” Mr Ross says.
“The Government’s plan is to hit consumers twice, firstly in Auckland but also around the country.
“The net result is motorists paying up to a massive 25 cents a litre in more tax – that’s $15 every time you fill up the car.
“And the regional fuel tax legislation makes it clear that other regions are expected to be paying for regional fuel taxes even though Labour said they wouldn’t be able to.
“People will end up paying more and getting less. This is particularly so in regional New Zealand where the nationwide petrol tax increase is paired with a big decline in state highway investment.
“Regional New Zealanders are being made to shell out for new trams down Auckland’s Dominion Road.
“People are angry on this one. The Government needs to rethink its approach and ease up on the cost increases on Kiwis.
“They claim they are worried about people’s incomes and then they hit them with this.”