Labour intend to sock motorists with increased taxes to pay for road maggots and more public transport

Labour intend to sock motorists in order to pay for more cycle lanes and public transport.

Aucklanders will be particularly hard hit. The NZ Herald reports:

Aucklanders face a double whammy of fuel tax hikes of about 20 cents a litre if central government fuel levy increases and a regional fuel tax are brought in, but Transport Minister Phil Twyford says he believes Aucklanders understand the need for it.

Auckland Council is expected to introduce about 10 cents a litre in regional fuel taxes to pay for its share of major transport projects and the Government’s new 10-year policy plan for transport proposes a further nationwide increase of 9-12 cents litre over three to four years.

That is to fund projects such as light rail in Auckland and other measures.

Twyford said he believed Aucklanders realised the gridlock that was happening now could not continue and it was not fair to ask those who lived in places like Levin and Whanganui to pay for all of Auckland’s transport woes.

Twyford said other cities would also benefit from rail and rapid transit options, as well as Auckland.

The Government’s new transport plan will cut the funding allocated for state highways by 11 per cent while an initial investment of $4 billion over 10 years will be ploughed into Labour’s plans for light rail in Auckland.

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So, the provinces get their highways cancelled to fund a tram to the airport. Awesome. Doubly awesome is the willingness of the government to continue to hit motorists to subsidise the hippy lifestyles of road maggots and to pay for public transport. Aucklanders wish that all the roadworks for a railway line would cease, cycle lanes were torn up and our roads were returned to us, actually.

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The Government has released its draft 10-year policy statement on land transport – the guide which sets how the Land Transport fund should allocate about $4 billion in funding each year.

It will see funding on public transport increase by 46 per cent to expand the routes available and subsidies for public transport.

On top of that, it sets a new class of Rapid Transit under which $4 billion will be allocated over 10 years to establish rapid transit investment, such as light rail, initially focusing on Auckland. That would ramp up over time.

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The people of Waimate will be thankful they are paying for a tram to Auckland Airport. The Herald continues:

About four times as much will be spent on expanding cycling and pedestrian pathways than under National.

The money for regional roads will double from about $90 million a year to $180 million a year in 2019/20 and up to $210 million for four years after that.

That comes at a cost for future large-scale motorway upgrades such as National’s policy of $10 billion for 10 further Roads of National Significance.

Instead, Twyford said there will be “targeted” improvements to state highways.

Twyford said it was an important step to making roads safer to reduce the road toll.

“We’re going to invest in what makes the most difference – regional and local roads and targeted improvements to the State Highway network.”

“The previous Government did not spend enough on road safety and instead wasted funds on a few low-value motorway projects. This has created an imbalance in what is funded with a few roads benefiting at the expense of other areas.”

One of Labour’s key election policies was to build light rail from the CBD to the airport and extend that to include routes to the central suburbs and West Auckland over the next decade and then to the North Shore.

It also wanted a bus rapid transit line from the eastern suburb of Howick.

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Ten years of road works clogging up Dominion Road and to the airport. The people of East Auckland will also have to put up with a lane being taken from their roads to put buses into… and then, of course, they will try to add a cycle lane as well.

The Herald goes on to explain the massive tax hikes to pay for this:

Twyford said there would be petrol levy increases, but those would be at the lowest end of what National would have needed had its motorway proposals gone ahead.

He said the previous government had not disclosed that transport officials had advised it that petrol levies needed to increase to fund its plans for expressways.

“We’ve chosen to limit increases in petrol levies to the lowest end of [former Transport Minister] Simon Bridges’ range.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Labour was seeking feedback on proposed fuel tax increases of between 9 and 12 cents a litre to fund its transport proposals.

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The next polls will give them feedback alright. Labour will lose Auckland. They bang on about gridlock. There isn’t really grid lock. If there is it is because of stupid road works for a rail system, or motorway roadworks or, even worse, because some idiot suicided by cop and they shut State Highway One for 12 hours.

This is going to cost Labour. People are always fond of increased funding for public transport because they never think they will be paying for it. Now the whole of New Zealand is going to pay for a tram to Auckland Airport. That is going to cost votes.

These muppets have no idea what they are doing. Increasing road taxes is also going to cause inflation as transport companies will seek to recover increased fuel costs. Good luck stopping that happening.

 

 


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