New Zealand Parliament Pāremata Aotearoa

Petition of David Aitken for National Road Carriers Assn: No RUC increase for the trucking industry that kept NZ moving during lockdown

Published date: 29 Jun 2020

Petition request

That the House of Representatives urge the Government to postpone the 2020 Road User Charge (RUC) increase due to financial hardship experienced by the heavy transport sector during the COVID-19 lockdown despite being an essential service keeping the supply chain functioning.

Petition reason

We believe businesses in NZ who have survived want to get back to full operation, recover their losses, and keep staff employed, and that a 5.3% RUC increase at this time will mean costs being absorbed or passed on to the consumer which will result in price increases, something New Zealanders cannot afford in the current climate. The country is trying to get back on its feet and increasing a tax on the industry that keeps it moving is unfair and feels like a punishment to an essential service.

Number of Signatures: 15849
Petition number: 2017/541
Date presented: 29 Jun 2020
Referred to: Transport and Infrastructure Committee
Closing date: 24 Jun 2020