Fuel Excise Duty Raised

September 30, 2009 New Zealand Taxation

The 1st of October will see an increase in the prices paid by New Zealanders for petrol.

Fuel Excise Duty (FED) and Road User Charges (RUC) charged across New Zealand are to be increased on October 1st. Prices of petrol at the pump will be 3 cents higher and RUC will increase 10% for small diesel cars and vehicles weighing up to ten tonnes, while heavy trucks will only see 3%-6% added to their charges.

According to statements by Steven Joyce, New Zealand Transport Minister, the three cent FED rise is comprised of a 1.5 cent annual increase as scheduled by the previous government and another 1.5 cents aimed at subsidizing the now removed regional fuel tax. The increased revenue from the endeavour will be placed in the National Land Transport Fund and utilized for infrastructure improvements across the nation. Steven Joyce commented on this, saying “ongoing investment is crucial in assisting economic growth and will enable greater productivity to be gained from the transport network.”