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Transport Package a step in the right direction

Media Release
12 December 2003

Transport Package a step in the right direction

The Government’s transport package is a move in the right direction, Road Transport Forum Chief Executive Officer, Tony Friedlander, says. “The extra direct funding from Government is a much needed boost towards solving some of the most pressing roading problems, though it won’t meet all the need.

“It is particularly pleasing to see more of the existing petrol taxes the Government has been putting straight in the Consolidated Fund until now will be spent on solving Auckland’s transport problems. The Forum will certainly be encouraging the Government as a policy to continue spending more of the money they take off road users on providing better, safer roads.

Mr Friedlander says that it is vital the additional revenue raised from the road users goes into roading. “The need for more money to be spent on roading is obvious. Road users will be seriously concerned if significant amounts of this additional money is to be spent on anything other than roads.”

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