Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Coalition Government Backdown On 'Feebate' Scheme Keeps New Zealand Trapped In The Past

New Zealand First’s action to halt the introduction of a ‘feebate’ scheme designed to support the nation’s transition to low-emission vehicles is a leap back into the industrial age, says Drive Electric Chairman Mark Gilbert.

“While the majority of developed countries are embracing electric vehicles, New Zealand is choosing to continue to poison its environment with the cast-off fossil fueled vehicles from other nations, in defiance of its international commitments to reduce carbon emissions,” Gilbert said.

“And in delaying the policy, the Coalition Government is sending a clear signal to car buyers and industry, that the environment can wait and that cheap used diesel and petrol vehicles will continue to be available for many years to come.”

The proposed Clean Car Initiatives may not have been perfect, but industry was working well with the Ministry of Transport to overcome the issues. The ‘feebate’ scheme, isn’t new and is well travelled overseas, especially in Sweden and would have seen a ‘stick and carrot’ approach used to help change vehicle-buyer behavior – a subsidy for purchasers of low-emission and Electric vehicles, paid for through an additional fee on high-emitting vehicles.

“Drive Electric (DE) firmly believes that the long time period before implementation of the proposals will result in serious negative consequences, including the delay of purchasing EVs and a spike in the purchase of high-emitting vehicles,” says Gilbert.

“As the vehicles we add to the New Zealand fleet will remain registered for an estimated 19 years, every High Emitting Vehicle we reduce from this number will have a large and lasting impact.”

New Zealand is rapidly falling behind in legislation to clean up its environment with many European nations stopping the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE vehicles) by 2030 - only ten years in the future. Gilbert say’s “we don’t have to be at the bleeding edge of change, but as technology takers we will have few options once the UK introduces its stated ban on pure fossil fuel vehicles- possibly by 2032- at least develop a plan as all car owners are affected by what is going on.”

“This is incredibly disappointing and a slap in the face for those consumers and businesses that have already made decisions on low emission car purchases, intending to reduce their carbon-footprint, especially given the policies and signals that have come from the Government since being elected” he said.

“Kicking the can down the road, is incomprehensible, but will be interesting to see how the political parties position themselves as doing nothing, isn’t an option if we are serious about carbon targets and agreed targets.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Rationing Of PPE Gear, Masks And Everything Else

From the outset, the perceived need to ration our scarce resources seems to have driven the response to Covid-19. Rationing still appears to be limiting the ability of nurses and other frontline workers to access and routinely wear the PPE gear they need to do their job safely. Initially at least, we were also rationing the public’s access to Covid-19 testing. We also continue to pick and choose among the scientific evidence to justify advising the public against the need for them to wear masks…. If it hasn’t done so already, this trend will end up eroding public confidence in the Ministry of Heath assurances that hey don’t worry people, we have enough PPE gear, testing kits and masks to go around. Counter factual : if we’re rationing it, we haven’t got enough... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Ethics (and Some Of The Economics) Of Lifting The Lockdown

As New Zealand passes the half-way mark towards moving out of Level Four lockdown, the trade-offs involved in life-after-lockdown are starting to come into view. All very well for National’s finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith to claim that “The number one priority we have is to get out of the lockdown as soon as we can”…Yet as PM Jacinda Ardern pointed out a few days ago, any crude trade-off between public health and economic well-being would be a false choice... More>>


Police Commissioner: Christchurch Terrorist Pleads Guilty

Police acknowledge the guilty pleas in the Christchurch Mosque attacks prosecution that were entered in the Christchurch High Court today. The guilty pleas to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of engaging in a terrorist ... More>>


Transport: $54 billion Investment In Draft GPS 2021

The Draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) 2021 on land transport confirms that the Government will invest a record $54 billion in its balanced transport policy over the next decade. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Loss Of Abortion Safe Zones

No doubt, last night’s defeat of abortion law reform provisions that would have created safe zones around abortion clinics will be portrayed, by some, as a victory for free speech. It isn’t. It was a victory for bigotry and intimidation directed ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On National's Regulation Crusade

Lets step back in time now, to simpler days and to simple-minded solutions. So…. if National gets elected, landlords will once again be able to evict tenants at will, raise rents anytime they like, and ignore the need to install a healthy standard of heating in the homes they put out to rent. This promised ‘bonfire of regulations’ is being done in the name of cutting red tape... More>>


SMC - Expert Reaction: PF2050 Strategy

DOC has released a strategy to reach Predator Free 2050, along with an action plan through to 2025. The predator-free goal focuses on three groups of mammals: possums, three species of rats, plus stoats, ferrets and weasels... More>>






InfoPages News Channels