29 Jun 2018

Fuel taxes 'will hurt Auckland economy' - trucker

From Morning Report, 6:09 am on 29 June 2018

An Auckland trucking operator says the government doesn't understand the industry and a fuel tax will hurt the city's economy. The government has confirmed a new tax of 3.5 cents a litre for the whole country to cover its transport policy. And for Aucklanders, that'll be on top of the 11-and-a-half cents a litre they'll be paying from Sunday for a regional fuel tax. Calven Bonney - who was recognised for services to the trucking industry in the New Year's Honours - says workers, holidaymakers, and commuters will just fill up outside Auckland. He told RNZ reporter Sophia Duckor-Jones that the knock-on effects of fuel taxes haven't been thought through.