Fuel tax changes proposed

Posted at 2:40pm Monday 26 Apr, 2021

Proposed changes to the Regional Fuel Tax (RFT) are being consulted on, alongside the draft RLTP.

The scheme collects 10 cents per litre (plus GST) on sales of petrol and diesel within the Auckland Council boundaries from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2028.

There is no proposal to alter the level of the RFT. Currently it is not proposed to extend the scheme beyond 2028, primarily because different road pricing options, including congestion pricing, are being looked into that could replace the RFT in future.

Notable for the Hibiscus Coast is that the proposed $42m for the ferry service does not include changes at Gulf Harbour, such as the introduction of weekend services.

It is focused on redeveloping the downtown ferry terminal and de-carbonising the fleet (electric ferries).

Investment in park and ride facilities in this area are proposed, but details will only be revealed as business cases are prepared.

Penlink originally had $66m of fuel tax money allocated to it. One million of this was spent on updating the business case and land acquisition work.

As the project was transferred from AT to government, $65m from the fuel tax is no longer needed. Info: akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/regional-fuel-tax


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