Kiwis pay too much for petrol, says AA
12:27PM Thursday Apr 23, 2009
By Edward Gay

Petrol users are paying over eight cents per litre too much when it comes to petrol taxes used for roads, according to the Automobile Association.

AA spokesman Mike Noon said a law change last year effectively meant more of the petrol tax was diverted to roads, away from a Crown consolidated fund.

He said the costs of roading had previously meant petrol users had paid 55 per cent of roading costs, compared to diesel users' 45 per cent.

But Mr Noon said since the law change, petrol users are now paying 63 per cent, compared to diesel's 37 per cent.

He said that translates to a shortfall from diesel users of $289 million.

"We just want everyone to pay their fair share," Mr Noon said.

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