I’ll defend their right to protest, but…

I just hope that when me and my buddies have something to moan about, that the rest of the country doesn’t get too pissed off with all of us blocking every intersection the length and breadth of the country.

I have no doubt that the truckies have genuine concerns (as did the teachers all through the 90s), but seriously my battle wasn’t with them. Why the hell should they have the right to dominate the physical movements of tens of thousands of people at rush hour on Friday morning.

So, if you see me sitting or lying at the intersection of Colombo St and Tuam St, please drive slowly and think, well the Truckies were able to get away with this.

PS, if you think this is a Labour issue, what has National had to say about it – ZIP!

Edit:

I’ll still defend their right to protest. But they are taking the piss when the are protesting on the second increase in Road User Charges in 20 years and that they disrupt tens of thousands of Kiwi’s movements up and down the country. Also is it a coincidence that the Chief Executive of the Road Transport Forum (organiser of the truck protest) Tony Friedlander is the former National Party MP for New Plymouth told the government that they were going to do some form of protest weeks ago before the announcement. This from a former National MP in election, on what isn’t an unreasonable charge increase – only the second in 20 years.

Screw them.

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2 responses to “I’ll defend their right to protest, but…

  1. Like many bloggers you highlight the fact that this is only the second increase in heavy vehcile RUCs in 20 years while ignoring the reasons for the absence of increases.

    Firstly, between 1987 and 1997 real revenue from petrol tax and light vehicle RUCs increased by one-third whereas real revenue from heavy vehicle RUCs increased by two-thirds.
    Secondly, heavy vehicles were paying half of the road users contrubution to road works in 1987 and almost two-thirds in 1997.
    Thirdly, ratepayers contributions to road works did not increase in real terms during that period.
    Fourthly, real expenditure on maintenance did not increase during that period.
    Thus a reduction in RUCs would have been justified. Fortunately at the end of that ten year period part of the Crown petrol tax was returned to the road fund which acheived parity again.

    The last 10 years are a different story. The construction price index has increased in real terms by more than 25%, the proportion of trucks and buses with air suspension has tripled to 50%, and public transport subsidies have increased five-fold and construction funding priority has shifted from inter-city to innercity. The MoT has a sophisticated cost allocation model that takes alll these changes into account to arrive at the correct amounts that need to paid by cars and trucks and it is supposed to be used by government each year when preparing their budgets to ensure that the petrol tax and RUC rates are adjusted correctly. Since the government hasn’t released any of these studies we are left in the position of not knowing whether these increases are too much too soon or too little too late.

  2. And the rest of us have all manner of prices increases imposed upon in life without knowing if they are justifiable or not, this is life.

    Cheers for coming along and adding a different view.

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