Petrol taxes and road user charges rise on Monday – the second of the Government’s three planned increases in this term.
Petrol is up 3.5c a litre – around 4c when GST is included – and road user charges are up 5.5 per cent.
The rises were first announced by Transport Minister Phil Twyford in June 2018. At the time he said they were needed “to fund the infrastructure for our cities and regions to thrive, and save lives”.
I have no problem with petrol tax going up, if the investment on roads increases. But what this Government is doing is increasing petrol tax, but spending less on roads.