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Will the transport support package reduce your running costs?


The war in Ukraine is having a noticeable impact on everyday living costs for Kiwis. The cost of fuel has skyrocketed, making it more expensive to fill up our cars at the service station, as well as pushing up the cost of other goods and services.

The Government has recently released a packaged designed to support Kiwis through the current global energy crisis – how will this impact the total running costs of your vehicle?

Running costs have increased in 2022

The latest AA Running Cost Reports are now out, quantifying all the costs of car ownership. Businesses use these reports to give them up-to-date information about costs, but they’re also a helpful way to measure the change in running costs over time.

The running costs for petrol and diesel passenger vehicles have risen in 2022: up 9% on average for petrol vehicles and 4% for diesel vehicles. The larger the vehicle, the more the running costs have risen, because the main cause of the increase is the higher price of fuel.

The only type of vehicle that costs less to run in 2022 than last year is a battery electric vehicle (BEV), down 15.3%. This decrease was caused by a fall in the price of BEVs. Petrol hybrid vehicle running costs are up 2%.

These two types of vehicles tend to have lower running costs than petrol or diesel vehicles, and the gap has widened as fuel prices have risen. The total lifetime cost of ownership is lower for electric cars than petrol cars, according to research by GenLess.

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How the transport support package will help

There are three ways the transport support package will help Kiwis:

1. The cost of fuel has been cut by 25 cents a litre for three months. This will last from 1 April to 30 June and has been achieved by cutting fuel excise duty. When you add in the reduction in GST due to the lower price,       this makes the saving around 29 cents a litre. This makes it around $11 cheaper to fill a 40-litre tank, around $14 cheaper to fill at 50-litre tank, and around $17 cheaper to fill a 60-litre tank.
2. Road user charges have been cut by 36% for three months. Between 21 April and 21 July, diesel vehicles paying road user charges get a cut equivalent to the cut in the fuel excise duty.
3. Core public transport services are half price for three months. From 1 April to 30 June, all regional buses, ferries and train trips will be charged at 50% of normal rates.

The Government has said it may extend one or all these measures beyond the three month period, and the lower fuel excise tax won’t take funds from infrastructure development.

The outlook for running costs

Unfortunately, it’s likely running costs will continue to rise this year. Even if the war in Ukraine ends soon and the transport support package is extended, other factors are also pushing up prices: high inflation, ongoing supply chain problems and rising interest rates, for example. Cars with higher carbon emissions will be more severely impacted as the full clean car ‘feebate’ system comes into place; BEVs will be less impacted by rising fuel prices.

Now is a great time to think about ways to reduce your running costs – read our blogs on efficient car options and fuel-saving techniques for more ideas.

How AA Smartfuel can help

With fuel prices at an all-time high, find out how you can pay a whole lot less when you fill up the tank. You’ll be surprised at how easy it can be to save big on fuel with AA Smartfuel.

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