Another reduction in ACC levies would be welcome news for motorists, says the Automobile Association.
ACC began consultation today on potential changes to its levies for next year. The average motor vehicle levy would reduce from $194 to $130.
Following on from the risk-based reductions introduced in July it would mean the average levy for motorists would have dropped close to $200 over two years.
“It’s really pleasing to see the Government and ACC looking at how they can reduce levies so that motorists aren’t paying more than their fair share,” says AA Principal Adviser Mark Stockdale.
“The changes being consulted on reflect the vehicle account now being fully funded and would help cut the costs of motoring and leave people with a few more dollars in their own wallet.”
ACC levies are paid for through the annual vehicle licensing fee (“rego”) that vehicle owners pay as well as a levy added on to the price of petrol at the pump. The consultation is considering reductions in both and the AA will be looking at what is the best mix between the two.
The AA is also pleased that ACC is seeking feedback on the idea of adding levies to Road User Charges, paid by diesel vehicles, at some stage in the future. This would mean that petrol and diesel vehicles would have the same annual licensing fees.
The AA supports this move as it would be a fairer way to apportion costs to diesel vehicles, particularly those that only travel low kilometres each year and pay more than their fair share under the current system.
Currently petrol and diesel vehicles pay different amounts and this has been a frequent source of confusion and frustration for motorists.