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Auckland Council

Transport investment and the Regional Fuel Tax (RFT)

Ngā haumitanga mahi kawekawe me te Tāke Penehīni ā-Rohe

Transport is one of the top concerns of Aucklanders. The increasing congestion on our roads reduces our economic productivity (estimates range between $1-2 billion) and lowers the quality of life for those with long and unreliable commutes. Road safety also continues to deteriorate with a 65 per cent increase in road deaths and serious injuries in Auckland since 2013.

Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP)

Earlier this year, the council and the government jointly released the revised Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) which sets out key outcomes, focus areas and a package of projects and programmes to achieve those outcomes.

This means that both the government's and the council's transport investments are aligned to achieve the best outcomes for Auckland.

Regional fuel tax

In order to fund our additional contribution, we have decided to use a regional fuel tax (RFT) of 10 cents per litre (plus GST). The government has passed legislation enabling councils to do this.

The RFT came into effect from 1 July 2018.

It will raise revenue of $1.5 billion over 10 years. This will enable us to deliver a transport programme of $12 billion over the 10 years which will include $4.3 billion of transport projects supported by the RFT ($1.5 billion plus subsidies from the New Zealand Transport Agency and developer contributions).

When added to the rest of government funded projects in ATAP, Auckland will have $28 billion of investment in transport over the next 10 years.