Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Remove road-user tax for zero and low-emission vehicles
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that drivers who own an electric, hybrid or zero-emission vehicle are imposed with a road-user tax.

The reason for creating this tax was due to electric, hybrid or zero-emission vehicle owners paying for less or no petroleum fuel and therefore not contributing to fuel tax. However, it is understood that fuel tax is a federal tax and has not been used for state road infrastructure in decades. This is a clear and blatant cash-grab and more importantly a disincentive to purchase or own electric, hybrid or zero-emission vehicles.

The Government is assuming that charging your electric vehicle at home is free. It is not free. Electricity costs, the new tax and the much higher purchase price of an electric vehicle currently means that people will make the decision to not own an electric vehicle. We need more incentives, not disincentives to purchase an electric vehicle.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to remove the road-user tax for electric, hybrid and zero-emission vehicle owners.
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