The idea that roads should be funded by Excise Duty was introduced in 1926. In 1926 car ownership was the privilege of the well off. Today every New Zealander uses the roads whether they drive a car or own a truck. Every product or service contains an element of road “use.”
Better New Zealand believes that the road system is like every other public good, the defence forces, the police service, the courts and the education system. It should be funded from the general taxation system.
Reduce the price of goods and services. (NZ has the world's highest grocery prices.)
Benefit low income earners, pensioners and beneficiaries.
Lower the cost of getting to work for those with long commutes.
Benefit the export sector by reducing the cost of getting goods to the ports.
Reduce the cost of taxis, couriers, Public Transport and Uber services.
Benefit the economies of rural areas, small towns and provincial cities.
Spread tourist spending across a wider area of New Zealand.
Increase tourist spending on other services and items.
Improve business cash flows.
Spread payment over the at least three generations that use the infrastructure.
Provide savers with a dependable secure long term savings option.
Remove the burden of infrastructure capital costs from the current generation.
Remove the burden of providing infrastructure from current spending.
Allow planning of major projects over a long term irrespective of the state of the economy at any one point in time.
Four lane viaducts on the Desert road to make it an all season highway.
A second Mount Victoria Tunnel completing the coast to airport motorway.
A Four lane Rimutaka Road Tunnel connecting the Wairarapa to the capital.
The Second Auckland Harbour Crossing.
An all weather four lane earthquake proof Number 1 highway between Picton and Christchurch.
Build more three and four lane divided highways in high volume areas.
Better New Zealand believes the use of an anachronistic excise duty and a user pays philosophy to fund roads causes harm to many New Zealanders.
It distorts the economy. It needlessly impoverishes lower income, pensioners and beneficiaries.
Better New Zealand considers it's proposal to remove road user charges and Excise Duty on petrol will increase the disposable and discretionary incomes of those who cannot afford to pay a special road charge.
Who should pay for the roads?
Those who can.