Truckies plan downtown gridlock – Angry truckies are planning to choke Auckland and other city centres with their trucks tomorrow morning in protest against a sudden increase in road-user charges on diesel vehicles.
The Auckland City Council says it is powerless… [Auckland News]
The Truckers protest is on and Annette King is furious. Here is an email being sent to customers of one trucking firm and I am sure it echos the sentiments of every other trucking firm participating.
You may have seen some of the comments in the media about the RUC increase.
As an Industry Group we decided that we should fight the increase, and protest about it on Friday morning.
There has never, to my knowledge, been such a depth of feeling within the transport industry. The industry is deeply concerned that any government would do what they have done, at time in our economy when we are clearly headed for difficulties.
We have decided to drive our trucks into the Town Hall in Auckland, and put our case to the media.
This will happen on Friday morning, starting at 0730.
The catch with this for you, our valued clients, is that “we” now seems to be more than a 1000 trucks, and that this volume of traffic is likely to cause some serious congestion. There is the real possibility that traffic might be brought to a standstill, and this may take some time to clear.
Regrettably this will mean that our service levels on Friday will be poor, and we will be attempting to do as much of Friday’s work on Thursday as we can.
This action could be seen as irresponsible, and certainly has been by the Minister of Transport, who has said “If trucking companies disrupt the travel plans of motorists and other commuters on Friday morning, as they threaten to, then the only people who suffer will be all those New Zealanders who pay their fare share of roading costs through petrol excise duty”
I am not sure what she means exactly, as she implies that there will be no suffering by the people who use diesel vehicles, and that is wrong. They will suffer too.
I am not sure if she means to imply that we diesel users do not pay our way, as we have always paid our RUC, in advance, as we are obligated to do.
What I think she means is that she never expected us to protest in this way, and the only way that she can deal with it is to try and turn in back on us, and it represents a pretty poor effort, and she may need to look at her spin doctor.
We do acknowledge that there will be a fair degree of inconvenience, and we apologise for that, but we do not apologise for standing up for what we think is the right thing, and protesting against a poorly judged government tax increase.
Please advise your staff to be prepared for a messy day on Friday, and to get to work early, or be late as appropriate.
Personally I have never been in a situation where I could consider justifying such action ever before, and Carr & Haslam has never considered it in 146 years of trading.
On your behalf I have judged this as one step too far, and we will go to battle on your behalf.
I hope you can both understand and support us.
WOBH supports the Truckers, and will be there to cover the action.