The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 7th August 2017

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  1. CLEANGREEN says:

    Regarding the current regional fuel tax plan Labour has proposed, Vs Road transport (RTF) Ken Shirley road tolls proposals Vs National Party’s standard transport funding proposals.

    On Radio NZ Morning report Ken Shirley of the Road Transport Forum (RTF) does not support a regional fuel tax to pay for rail upgrades but he said he prefers a toll system to pay for any infrastructure plans and we will support RTF on this also if Government will not pass regional fuel taxes.

    Many provincial rail upgrades are urgently required to lower the environmental effects of heavy road transport that is now impacting on regional communities with 24/7 noise vibration, air pollution and road runoff pollution of tyre dust & exhaust emissions which is poisoning our water systems and finally our drinking water.

    Road tolls will immediately make rail viable thankyou Ken Shirley as we support road tolls as the way forward to “level the playing field between road & rail freight systems options if Government cannot impose regional fuel tax increases.

    National Party plans for any Regional rail are woefully left un-addressed.

    • John W says:

      Privatised toll roads are an investor opportunity where a fuel tax is not.

      Shirley supports the investor club who are mostly transnational.

      • CLEANGREEN says:

        Yes John,

        We would advocate it be only NZ funded and operated by NZ owned companies perhaps funded under the Reserve bank Act.