No Respite For Holiday Traffic Jams
1 April 2002
Holiday makers stuck in traffic jams today will be interested to know that the Government has collected more than 10 million dollars already from the petrol tax increase, says National Party Leader Bill English.
"Those same people stuck in traffic will also be interested to know that despite all this extra money the Governments plans to solve roading problems are starting to unravel as they fail to get support for their legislation.
" The increase in petrol tax means an extra $170 million dollars in extra revenue a year and yet in 12 months time if this present government is re-elected motorists will be facing the same lengthy delays in the same trouble spots. Nothing will have changed aside from the extra amount they pay for their petrol. "National has already promised we will change legislation so many major roading projects can be fast tracked through. Labour has major problems as they will never get the support they need from the Greens to achieve the same results.
"New Zealanders would like Helen Clark to concentrate on her own backyard as much as she does on international issues. Motorists stuck in the guaranteed delays today on Highway 27 into Auckland or State Highway One into Wellington want to know when is the problem going to get sorted.
"Like every other bread and butter issue this country faces from health, to education Helen Clark does not have any other answer than a photo opportunity. This year National will be debating these issues vigorously as we believe they really do matter, "says Bill English.