Wrong way, go back: a proposed new tax on electric vehicles is a bad idea

Sat, 28 Dec 2019 03:32:44 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"In recent years, false claims have circulated that electric vehicles
are “breaking our roads” because they don’t use fuel and so their
drivers don’t pay fuel excise.

Heeding such concerns, both the Victorian and New South Wales
governments are reportedly considering a new tax for electric vehicles.
It follows a report by Infrastructure Partnerships Australia which
recommended a per-kilometre tax for electric vehicles.

But this shortsighted approach risks killing the golden goose of our
transport system. Such a tax would limit the economic, health and
environmental benefits promised by electric vehicles which, together,
far exceed any loss in fuel excise.

Instead, Australia needs a mature public discussion about holistic road
tax reform to find a fair and sensible way forward."

        *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net                   Andrew Pam
http://www.xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
http://www.glasswings.com.au/             Partner, Glass Wings
http://www.sericyb.com.au/                Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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