Auckland’s Regional Fuel Tax: Amount of money generated in first month revealed

In its first month of operation, the Regional Fuel Tax has generated $13.2 million (excluding GST).

The figure was released by Auckland Council today.

The first projects made possible by this revenue have already been announced including delivering rural road safety upgrades in Rodney and Franklin, and six new red light safety cameras at dangerous intersections across Auckland.

Building the Matakana link road, funding ferry terminal upgrades and a new bus interchange in downtown Auckland are other early priorities, according to the council.

The council says of the $13.2 million collected from 1–31 July this year, $11 million directly funds critical transport projects across Auckland with a one-off set-up fee accounting for around $1 million, and rebates and service costs accounting for the balance.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says, "with a 78 per cent increase over four years in road fatalities and serious injuries in Auckland, spending on road safety will be an immediate priority from this revenue.

"Aside from road safety spending, the focus of new investment from the RFT is to fix Auckland’s congested transport network."

The tax has added about 11 cents a litre to the cost of filling up. Source: 1 NEWS