The Green Party has welcomed today’s announcement of an extension of half-price public transport until January next year, while repeating its call to make public transport permanently free.
However the Greens criticised the extension of the fuel excise duty cut, also announced today.
“Subsiding fossil fuels by making petrol and diesel a little cheaper for half a year doesn’t make sense in 2022, when we need to make the transition to cleaner transport,” said Greens transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter.
“This is the second time the government has extended the short-term subsidy to fossil fuels, when they could have invested in public transport and regional rail.”
Meanwhile the Act Party has accused the government of “making it up as they go”, and having “kicked the petrol price discount down the road”.
“Act first called the cost of living crisis in December,” said party leader David Seymour. “The government finally admitted it in March, and the petrol and public transport discounts were rushed together when the government finally admitted there was a crisis. Now they’ve been extended for a second time.
“Labour’s policy also creates havoc with public transport providers. Auckland Transport, for example, had promoters in malls selling discounts designed to smooth the eventual return to full price fares. That marketing effort is now worthless,” he said.
Seymour reiterated his party’s call for the proceeds of the Emissions Trading Scheme to be returned to citizens, calling it “a simple and practical policy that would give the average family a $749 dividend without reducing a cent from any public service”.