Electric Vehicles paying road tax in Australia
The Ardern govt is lying by omission. Electric cars are going to cost you far more than you think. As people in Victoria Australia are finding out today as they face demands to pay a tax of 2.5 cents per kilometre. The law was passed back in May but takes effect from July 1st.
The Ardern govt is attempting to persuade people to purchase electric cars instead of ICE cars, and their punishing the truth in so many ways. They have never said how they will recover the taxes taken at the petrol bowser, which have been estimated at $4 billion per year but will dwindle to nothing if ICE cars are made extinct.
There is only one way to do it, and it was predicted by this blog some time ago in this article. Today Victoria under another arch communist Daniel Andrews has introduced a tax per kilometre travelled on all electric cars. It will work out at about $350 per year if you travel 15000 kilometres in that year.
Owners have been ordered to send a photo of their car’s odometer to the Dept of Roads (Vicroads) so that charges can begin on July 1st. If they don’t send a photo, their car will be de-registered, and they will then be fined if found to be using it. They will also be billed for the estimated daily use.
Owners of hybrid cars will be taxed at 2 cents a kilometre. Even if they do most of their driving using petrol or diesel fuel. So they will be paying a double tax.
Anyone with a working brain knows the real issue here is that this is only the start and these relatively innocuous amounts will no doubt be substantially increased as time goes by. Remember to add these expected taxes into your equation when you do the sums on how much an EV will cost you.