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Is a fuel tax coming your way? Government considering 9-12% price hike to fund safer roads, cut 'appalling' road deaths

The costs for motorists might be going up with the Government looking at increases to the road user charges and fuel excise.

Transport Minister Phil Twyford says the Government is consulting on a nine-to-12 per cent increase to gradually come into effect over the next three years. 

The Government has today released its Draft Government Policy Statement on land transport and Mr Twyford says it's an important step towards making our roads safer so we can reduce New Zealand's appalling number of road deaths.

He told today's post-Cabinet press conference that over Easter, eight people died on our roads, the worst in eight years.

Mr Twyford said the fatality rate per billion kilometres of travel has risen 16 per cent between 2013 and 2016 and the increase in deaths and serious injuries is about how we drive and the roads we drive on.

He said it's "absurd to call it a road toll" as there shouldn't be any cost of life on roads.

"We will not tolerate it any longer," the minister said.

The draft policy statement on roading today finds that $800 million needs to be spent on local roads alone.

If they do that it could prevent 160 deaths and serious injuries per year. 

Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter says by investing in safety improvements such as median safety barriers, intersection upgrades and rumble strips, we can make our roads safer and save lives. 

The Transport Minister says the eight road deaths over Easter was the worst in eight years. Source: 1 NEWS