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Repeal Customs And Excise Bill Says Peters

08 March 2005

Repeal Customs And Excise Bill Says Peters

Rt Hon Winston Peters is calling on the Government to repeal the Customs and Excise (Motor Spirits) Amendment Bill which comes into force next month.

Mr Peters says the Bill should be repealed to prevent the fourth unnecessary increase in petrol levies since Labour came to power in 1999.

“The Government’s decision to go ahead with the five cents a litre rise in petrol tax from April is absolutely unnecessary and completely unfair to motorists.

“Motorists should not be expected to pay more in petrol taxes when less than half of that tax revenue collected is actually being spent on essential transport infrastructure and road safety activities.

“Instead of increasing petrol prices, the Government should start reducing the proportion of road taxes going into the Crown account immediately.

“Legislation should instead be focused on ensuring all the monies taken from the petrol using motorist goes directly into upgrading and building more roads.

“This would make it possible to manage an annual programme within existing tax structures and help keep price rises to a minimum,” Mr Peters concluded.

ENDS


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