8 Feb 2024

Transport Minister responds to axing Auckland fuel tax

From Checkpoint, 5:48 pm on 8 February 2024

Today, the government announced the end date of axing Auckland's regional fuel tax, June 30.

Mayor Wayne Brown has said the funding loss means he'll probably have to cancel a bunch of projects including; improvements to Lake Road on Auckland's Northshore, the final stage of the Eastern Busway and work on an Airport Botany busway. 

People filling up in the city have been paying an extra eleven and half cents a litre on fuel, over and above what other motorists around the country pay, since mid 2018. 

Without it, the Mayor estimates a transport funding shortfall of one -point-two-billion dollars for the city over the next four years.

Minister for Transport and Auckland Simeon Brown speaks to Lisa Owen.