Petrol Tax Refunds For Coastguard
December 9 2001
Search and rescue vessels are to be
refunded the money they currently pay on petrol excise duty,
Transport Minister Mark Gosche announced today.
said the Coastguard had requested that it be given the same
exemption on excise duty that is currently available to
commercial vessels. Their
case for the refunds had been
strongly argued by East Coast MP Janet Mackey.
and rescue organisations such as the Coastguard provide an
invaluable service free of charge, and save hundreds of
lives a year. It is only fair that these organisations get
this exemption,” said Mr Gosche.
“While it is not a lot of
money involved, probably about $30,000 a year, this will
make a big difference to the Coastguard which is a voluntary
organisation with limited funds.”
“In the International
Year of Volunteers it is particularly appropriate that we
support such a vital community service.”
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