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Scrap The Road Tax On Marine Fuel


“ACT has today launched a petition to scrap road taxes
on marine fuel,” says ACT’s Transport spokesperson Simon
Court.

“Kiwi boaties are currently paying 83 cents
per litre in taxes, most of that revenue goes into the
National Land Transport Fund. In Auckland it’s even more
at 95 cents. The problem is most of this fund goes towards
road and rail projects.

“ACT believes that Kiwi
boaties deserve a fair go. They should have access to a
simple web-based system to submit receipts and claim back
the petrol tax used in boats, jet-skis and other
watercraft.

“Unclaimed funds will be used to ensure
all existing water-safety programmes continue to be
funded.

“Currently around 0.1 percent of the $5
billion in road user charges goes to Maritime New Zealand.
Maritime NZ then provides grants of approximately $880,000
to various councils, water sports organisations (such as
Waka Ama and Paddle Boarding NZ). These grants are a token
contribution compared with the petrol taxes paid by marine
users.

“Other off-road users, including the
commercial fishing, agriculture and construction sectors,
are eligible for a refund, but recreational boaties miss
out.

“We’re launching our petition at the Auckland
boat show and we welcome all New Zealanders who believe in
fairness in our tax system to sign
our petition
here
.”

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