Shaw brings out the bribes

A newspaper reports that?Green Co-Leader James Shaw has ‘whole stack’ of options?bribes to get Kiwis into electric cars: Quote.

The Government is poised to announce a raft of new initiatives?bribes to help get more Kiwis behind the wheel of electric cars (EVs).

This could potentially include swapping out the Government’s fleet of petrol cars for EVs, Climate Change and Acting Associate Transport Minister James Shaw said. […]

He has a “whole stack” of policy options?bribes which he hopes would make EVs more attractive to consumers and make them more cost competitive compared to conventional petrol cars.

“One of the big [ideas] is asking what the Government is doing to leverage its purchasing power and convert the Government’s fleet to electric.” End of quote.

I can’t see the DoC staff being too keen on a change from their current vehicles as there are not a lot of charging stations where they work. Quote.

In 2016, the previous National Government promised to make one in every three Government cars electric by 2021.

Earlier this year, the Government ? along with some commercial and not-for-profit partners ? stumped up $8 million in a bid to get 64,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2021.

Shaw said the Government inherited the 64,000 target from National when it was in power.

“We’re revising that alongside the whole EV policy?bribe programme.”

As well as looking to revamp the Government’s car fleet, there are number of other options?bribes Shaw is considering.

These include exploring the idea of increasing tail pipe emission standards ? something the Productivity Commission recommended in a recent report. End of quote.

(But we are specifically excluding the long-tailpipe-emission issue where environmental damage happens overseas as we can’t see that from the Beehive and we do not get brownie points from our globalist masters for taking this into account.) Quote.

“We’re also examining the Productivity Commission’s proposal for a feebates?bribe scheme ? which lowers the upfront cost of EVs and makes them competitive with internal combustion engine cars.”

This would mean highly emitting combustion vehicles would be penalised by having to pay higher registration fees.

Shaw has also been exploring the idea?bribe of exempting EVs from fringe benefit tax ? a tax paid on most non-cash benefits provided to employees.

He is hoping to be able to announce the full work?bribe programme?in a month or so ? “then different components?bribes of that programme will drop through over the next 18 months”.

Meanwhile, he remains concerned about the roadblocks preventing people getting into EVs. End of quote.

Would the major ‘roadblock’ be that they are, simply, not the answer for most New Zealand motorists? Quote.

Last month, the number of electric cars on the road passed 10,000 ? five years ago that figure was just 210.

But this makes up just 0.25 per cent of New Zealand’s entire vehicle fleet. End of quote.

In just three years they want to meet a target of 64,000 EVs, up from the current 10,000. That is something like a 185% increase every year and the only way that they see this can happen is for we taxpayers to foot the bill via central and local government rushing out and replacing their fleets. Quote.

And new data from the Ministry of Transport reveals the number of vehicles with an engine greater than 3000cc grew by five times that amount of EVs in 2017. End of quote.

That is great news! We are Kiwis: We tow boats; we go out of the cities into the country; we go hunting; we tow trailers full of stuff; we tow caravans; we like to go camping away from it all. Quote.

“Part of the problem is New Zealand lacks the strong incentives?bribes – which most other developed countries have – to sell more fuel efficient and climate-friendly cars,” Shaw said.

He is hoping his new policy initiatives?bribes will help solve this problem. End of quote.

Fuel efficiency does not necessarily mean electric. All the major car manufacturers are making great strides in this department, and with the current cost of filling a tank, the more fuel efficient, the better.

One bribe already in place is the tax claim rate for running a personal vehicle.? EV’s are sooooo cheap to run but get paid out at the same price as petrol or diesel. Quote.

Do you use a car for your business? The kilometre rates to calculate deductions for business use of a motor vehicle have been updated for the 2017-18 income year.

If you?re eligible, for the first 14,000 kilometres your vehicle travels in a year, you can claim 76 cents per kilometre for any business-related kilometre you travelled. This rate applies whether your vehicle is electric, hybrid, petrol, or diesel. End of quote.