New South Wales Minister calls for Camden Haven Courier electric car tax to be deferred
Consumers should be encouraged to buy electric cars with cheaper parking lots and special access to transit lanes before being slapped with a tax, the NSW Minister for Transport said.
Governments across Australia fear losing fuel excise revenue as more consumers turn to electric vehicles, but they also don’t want to discourage wider adoption of the option. more respectful of the environment.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance told the Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday that incentives such as subsidized parking, access to transport routes usually reserved for buses and taxis and a stamp duty exemption should precede a tax based over the distance.
Electric Vehicle Council Director General Behyad Jafari praised the sentiment.
“The minister rightly identified this as an opportunity for NSW to not only lead Australia, but to be on par with the rest of what the developed world has done on electric vehicles,” he said. -he declares.
He said not imposing a tax was a win-win situation.
“Why not encourage more electric vehicles on our roads and if we charge them when they are more common, we will of course make more money,” Jafari said.
Battery cars only made up 0.7% of sales last year, putting Australia behind its peers. Electric cars accounted for 10 percent of sales in the EU and UK and 8.1 percent in California during the same period.
NSW was responsible for about a third of electric vehicle purchases in Australia, Jafari said.
Mr Constance’s comments contrast sharply with the approach taken in Victoria, where the government plans to legislate a tax before July.
Critics like Mr Jafari say the tax will stifle growth.
They are also out of step with comments from NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, who announced a “holistic” tax plan for electric vehicles in next month’s state budget.
Mr Perrottet told the Herald he didn’t want to hamper innovation and get more people to adopt the vehicles.
Mr Jafari trumpeted the allures of a wider NSW adoption, including a “unique opportunity” to create more jobs for the state.
Electric cars were also cheaper to drive and cleaner to have on our roads, he said.
Australian Associated Press