Regional Fuel Tax "off the table"
17 February 2017
Regional Fuel Tax
"off the table" clears way for new financing options
faster pace of action
Finance and Infrastructure
Minister, Steven Joyce's, first major
announcement since taking up the portfolio was exactly the tonic Auckland
business needed to hear.
Noting the Government
announcement saying "no" to a regional fuel tax,
Chairman of the Auckland Business Forum, Michael Barnett, agreed the tax had
potential to distort the market, administratively difficult, and badly
targeted and unfair.
delighted Government has rejected it, as it takes the
around the proposal 'off the table'.
also that Mr Joyce supported Auckland Council and
continuing to work together to maintain the momentum to address Auckland's
transport issues, Mr Barnett encouraged a lifting in the pace to identify
and agree on a suite of alternative-innovative financing options for
delivering Auckland's major transport projects.
Auckland Business Forum also supported the Minister's signal
that it is
now open to the introduction of electronic road tolling in Auckland.
It gives Auckland a clear agenda
and incentive to adopt a new mind-set
focused on increasing the pace of action.