Government confirms transport subsidy package
The government has confirmed its transport subsidy scheme which it says will help Kiwis through the current global energy crisis.
Transport Minister Michael Wood announced on Tuesday that road charges would be reduced by 36% for a three-month period from the end of April to the end of July.
The latest decision is in addition to the fuel tax reduction of 25 cents per litre, as well as half the public transport fare for three months from April 1.
Wood said the reduced road user charges were a move taken to help support the supply of food and other essentials across the country.
“It was important for the government that we supported the [road transport] industry in these trying times,” Wood said.
“As a government, we are committed to supporting public transport. By halving fares, we can directly reduce transport costs for households and encourage those who can to replace their current car journeys with easily accessible public transport. Reducing public transport fares also provides households with more cash to manage the rising cost of living, which will be impacted by fuel prices. »
However, not all public transport will have its fares reduced.
The Waiheke, Devonport and Rakino ferry services in Auckland, the Wellington cable car and the Cook Strait ferry are among the services that will not be subsidized.