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    Aucklanders to be hit by 10c fuel tax
    NZPA | Wednesday, 25 April 2007

    Aucklanders will be hit with a 10 cent tax on every litre of petrol to pay for the regions roads and trains, it was tipped today.

    The Auckland region will be given the go-ahead to introduce a fuel tax in an announcement understood to form part of the Government's Budget, the New Zealand Herald reports today.

    A third of the tax, 3.5c, would be used for the electrification of Auckland's suburban trains.

    The rest of the tax would help pay for Rodney District Council's link-road between Whangaparaoa Peninsula and the Northern Motorway, and for completing the Manukau-Waterview western ring route.

    A 10c-a-litre levy would add $6 to the cost of filling an average 60-litre tank.

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    Proposed petrol tax for roading slated
    NZPA | Thursday, 26 April 2007

    A leading Wellington transport official has criticised a proposal to tax motorists at the pump to pay for roading projects.

    It was reported yesterday that the Government was tipped to announce a 10-cents-a-litre petrol tax to pay for Auckland roads and trains. And, it was suggested, a tax could also be introduced in Wellington – though to a lesser extent – and other regions would be able to request the right to tax for transport infrastructure.

    But the chairman of the Greater Wellington regional council land transport committee, Terry McDavitt, said petrol taxes were a strange idea, with the biggest road users escaping such a levy because they used diesel.

    "We are following it and we don't like petrol taxes in Wellington," he said.

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    Petrol price up four cents
    NZPA | Thursday, 26 April 2007

    Like interest rates, petrol and diesel prices were also on the rise today with a four cent per litre price hike across the major oil companies.

    The increase takes the price of unleaded 91 octane to 155.9c a litre, 96 octane to 160.9c and diesel to 101.9c.

    BP spokeswoman Diana Stretch said the price rise was due to increases in the international cost of refined petrol and diesel.

    Caltex and Shell confirmed they had also raised prices by four cents.

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    Fuel tax the fairest way to fix transport mess
    5:00AM Monday April 30, 2007
    By Brian Rudman

    We can protest until the cows come home about the unfairness of Auckland motorists being taxed more for transport improvements than other New Zealanders but, if Finance Minister Michael Cullen cannot be turned, then a flat levy on fuel sales is the most cost-effective and efficient way of doing it.

    It is also the fairest because it acknowledges that Auckland's transport network is an organic whole and that a new bridge across the Manukau, or more park and ride facilities in Albany, will improve circulation throughout the region.

    Tolling, which hopefully has been ditched as a funding option, is not only selectively punitive, picking off users on just one artery of the network, but is also a grossly inefficient collection method, with much of the money immediately frittered away on billing, collecting and chasing bad debts. To say nothing of the establishments costs for roading authorities and motorists, who would have to put transponders in their vehicles.

    Of course, this being Auckland, the leak about a 10c-a-litre fuel tax being likely in next month's Budget had hardly hit the Herald headlines than the region's political warlords were circling the honeypot, jostling for their slice of the action.

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    New petrol-price war underway
    Updated 1:40PM Tuesday May 01, 2007
    By Mathew Dearnaley


    Gull again sparked the price cutting and was then followed by other companies. File photo / Northern Advocate

    Gull Petroleum has sparked another war at the pumps today with its 12-hour price cut for motorists stung by the latest general rise.

    The family-owned West Australian company cut petrol and diesel prices by 5c a litre at 7am at most of its 30 outlets - all in the North Island - as a temporary respite from last week's 4c industry-wide hike.

    That pulled the price for 91-octane petrol at most Gull stations down to 150.5c a litre, and to 94.9c for diesel, and to even lower levels at a handful of outlets in provincial centres.

    Shell responded by saying it was reducing its price by 6 cents a litre from 7am to 7pm and Mobil and Caltex matched that drop.

    Gull also increased its price cut by another cent.

    Automobile Association general manager motoring affairs Mike Noon said motorists should seize the moment to fill up as the indicators were prices were being driven by competition, not a drop in costs for the petrol companies.

    "If you were thinking about filling up, today could be a good day to fill up," he said.

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    Microdot identification for all imported cars to combat theft
    4:20PM Thursday May 03, 2007


    In future imported cars like these will carry the microdot. Photo / Greg Bowker

    All new and used vehicles imported into New Zealand are to be microdotted with a unique number to help reduce vehicle thefts, the Government announced today.

    Police Assistant Commissioner Grant Nicholls said the move would help reduce vehicle crime as stolen vehicles would be more easily traced.

    Under the mandatory new identification system, called whole of vehicle marking, a unique 17-digit identification number will be assigned to each vehicle when imported.

    The numbers, in the form of thousands of microdots, will be placed over various parts of the vehicle to make it more difficult to change the vehicle's identity. It will also make it easier to identify stolen vehicles and parts.

    Justice Minister Mark Burton said it would apply to all light passenger vehicles with nine seats or fewer, which were less than 15 years old.

    The Government expects the new system to come into effect in about a year. It will cost about $88 per vehicle to be microdotted with the cost initially worn by the importer and then passed on to the consumer.

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    Petrol prices war takes another turn
    Updated 3:50PM Friday May 11, 2007

    Gull has again upped the ante in the petrol price war this afternoon, increasing the savings at most service stations to 7c a litre until 7am on Monday morning.

    A new battle erupted with fuel companies vying with each other for motorists' custom.

    Gull started the war by offering 5c off a litre of petrol until 7pm today.

    Shell and Caltex quickly followed by reducing the price of petrol by 6c a litre.

    Then BP announced it was increasing the discount for its weekend promotion to 7 cents per litre. This discount applies to both petrol and diesel at participating service stations.

    BP Managing Director Peter Griffiths "this weekend is now an even better time to fuel up at BP. For customers using a valid discount Fuel Docket from participating New World and Pak'nSave supermarkets, they will be able to get a total saving of at least 11 cents per litre. Now that's a real Mothers Day present."

    Gull has now come back with its latest offering.

    - NZPA, NEWSTALK ZB

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    Fuel tax not only for JAFAs
    Sunday Star Times | Sunday, 20 May 2007

    Auckland car owners can expect to stump up at least an extra $150 a year for their fuel once the regional fuel tax, announced during last week's Budget, is adopted.

    But the New Zealand Automobile Association warns that other motorists shouldn't feel smug that a similar charge won't hit them.

    AA general manager motoring affairs Mike Noon said while the focus of the fuel tax had been on what it meant to Auckland and solutions to its roading and transport woes, the government was actually proposing that all regional councils could apply for funding to be repaid by the new tax.

    It's a certainty motorists in the Auckland region - from the northern boundary of Rodney District to the southern boundary of Franklin District - will have to pay, as plans to modernise the city's transport system are already under way.

    But legislation had to be passed before any of that could happen, Noon said.

    The regional council would then need to prepare a plan about what it wanted to do and how much it would cost and release it for public consultation. Only then could a council apply to the government for approval and funds, which would be drawn down as needed.

    The fuel tax, up to 10c a litre, would be used to service the debt and would be collected from the oil companies so there was no administration cost to the council, Noon said.

    The effect of the fuel levy on a vehicle that used 30 litres of fuel a week was an extra $3 at the most on the regular price. But it was possible the increase to motorists would be incremental and unlikely they would face an immediate 10c jump for the price of their fuel.

    Noon said the AA supported the proposed legislation, which allowed regions to make decisions about roading and transport projects and kept the cost within the region as well.

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    Beyond Auckland they're ready for cheap-fuel rush
    5:00AM Tuesday May 22, 2007
    By Mathew Dearnaley


    The proposed regional petrol and diesel tax applies within these areas. Herald graphic

    Service station owners beyond Auckland are preparing for a windfall from motorists wanting to avoid a regional fuel tax.

    Kaiwaka's Shamrock service station, north of the regional boundary, is looking forward to extra business if a tax of up to 10c a litre is imposed.

    Owner Glenn Teal said yesterday that business had already increased considerably since he dropped his prices to main-centre levels last year and he was looking forward to even better times if a regional fuel tax made it cheaper to fill up at Kaiwaka.

    But the owner of Te Hana's Go Gas outlet, just inside the regional boundary, fears being given a wide swerve by motorists.

    "We won't survive if everybody wants to buy cheaper petrol up the road," said Jaswinder Singh.

    Just beyond Auckland's southern frontier, Pokeno service station owner Alan Wilkinson was unimpressed by a suggestion that the tax may extend as far as Mercer to help to pay for public transport services yet to materialise.

    Although he and wife June will be unaffected - as they are moving next month to the South Island - he warned that the Auckland Regional Council would face bitter opposition from the Pokeno community if it had to pay higher prices while receiving nothing in return.

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    Compulsory car insurance being considered - minister
    12:00PM Tuesday May 22, 2007

    Compulsory insurance is being considered as a way of cracking down on boy racers, Transport Safety Minister Harry Duynhoven said today.

    The Government has come under pressure from a mayoral task force to tighten liquor laws and laws around the licensing, purchasing and financing of "high performance cars" for drivers aged under 20.

    The taskforce's 20 mayors called for a permanent ban on alcohol in all unlicensed public places and a "comprehensive review" of licensing and car purchasing laws following the deaths of young people in Christchurch and Mount Maunganui.

    But Mr Duynhoven said today requiring compulsory third-party insurance for all drivers was more likely to have an impact on the behaviour of so-called boyracers.

    He said: "That very soon changes behaviour because people realise they are not in a position to drive if they have a lot of speeding tickets, a lot of vehicle offences or a vehicle which is modified with a very high premium because if they misbehave their premiums then go through the roof."

    Mr Duynhoven said research suggested raising the driving age would not make a difference, as it was a driver's experience, rather than their age which appeared the main factor in their safety record.

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