Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Baldock: spend all road taxes on road safety


Baldock: spend all road taxes on road safety

United Future New Zealand MP, Larry Baldock, has welcomed the Government’s announcement of increased spending of $22 million on improving road safety, but says a great deal more needs to be done.

The Party’s transport spokesman said today, “This increase in spending does not alter the fact that revenue that is collected from fuel excise taxes and Road User Charges is still being siphoned off into the Consolidated Fund.

“The increases in the ACC levies we now pay on car registration fully cover all medical expenses related to vehicle accidents.

“With further increases being signaled on the way, there is no longer any justification for the practice of taking hundreds of millions of dollars from the national road fund. Currently 18.475 cents of the 39.185 cents the Government takes at the petrol pump is taken into the Consolidated Fund,” said Mr Baldock.

“If the Government would commit to spending all the revenue raised from road and vehicle-related sources, on road-related expenses, we would make much faster progress in bringing our roads up to international standards.

“In 1999 the Ministry of Transport admitted that at least 15% of road fatalities can be attributed to problems with the roads. We must continue to target driving problems like speed and drink driving, and much can be done to improve vehicle safety, but it is time to invest a lot more in our roads.

“This will be money well spent as it will reduce the huge costs to the nation and its economy though fatalities and serious injuries. No amount of money can ever replace the loss to a family from a fatality or having someone become a tetraplegic for the rest of their lives as a result of head injuries sustained in a car accident.

“However, Gary Wilson, the director of ACC, estimates that one such head injury costs the country $40 million. It makes good sense to spend millions if it can eliminate even ten such accidents.

“This situation may require adjustments in the Government’s budget over a period of several years but United Future believes taking this course of action makes a great deal of sense and we will continue to push for it,” said Mr Baldock.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news