1 Jul 2020

Consumers paying more for fuel, road user, alcohol from today

From First Up, 5:38 am on 1 July 2020

The alcohol industry says the rise in excise tax is unfair because it was calculated before the Covid-19 lockdown. It's the 1st of July - so the government's excise taxes are rising - including for fuel, road user charges and alcohol. The fuel excise tax is going up 3-and-a-half cents to around 70 cents per litre of fuel today, while road user charges are going up around 5 percent. Alcohol is going up more than 2 percent - in line with the rate of inflation in March before lockdown. Bridget Macdonald from the Alcohol Beverages Council told our reporter Jonathan Mitchell that's not fair.