Hide mocks National for just one more little tax

The Government now wants to charge us to drive during peak times. Our fault, apparently.

We are not spreading our road use through the day and the new charge is designed to make us do that.

Minister of Transport Simon Bridges says building more roads won’t solve the problem. That’s because we would just fill them up.

It’s hard, though – they are such a good way to get about.

The new rationing policy is called Variable Network Pricing (VNP). Its purpose is to price some of us off the road. Those who use the roads must pay for each kilometre driven.

Those priced off will have to stay at home, drive off-peak or use some other form of transport.

The VNP will need to be high to make it work.

This is in addition to the taxes already on petrol. These include the National Land Transport Fund tax, the ACC Motor Vehicle Account tax, the Local Authorities Fuel tax, the Engine Fuels Monitoring tax, the Emissions Trading Scheme tax and, atop all those taxes, the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Income tax also hikes the price of petrol.

It’s truly sick-making. It’s not the congestion pricing and user-pays that bother me, but government.

When Len Brown mooted tolls he was sat on his arse.  Now we need a centre-right government to give Phil Goff the gift of allowing him to extract even more money from our pockets.

The promise is that it will be small. And only to be spent on good things.

But that’s how all taxes start.

The promise on income tax was only the very rich would ever pay it, it wouldn’t be much and it would only be spent on things we needed.

The VNP will start small, it will soon be hiked, and it will be spent on dopey things we don’t want and don’t need.

There’s much that Government could do that would be useful. Taxing us more is not one of them.

As National is heading for an unprecedented fourth term, it will buy it any way it needs to.  That includes giving Phil Goff a brand new slush fund because Len has already over-committed Auckland to the point there is no more left.


– Rodney Hide, NZ Herald

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