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Law change for electric vehicles coming up

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/10/2016

Heavy electric vehicles will be exempt from road user charges under a bill the government has introduced to parliament.

It's the latest move in Transport Minister Simon Bridges' campaign to encourage people to switch to EVs.

Light vehicles already receive favourable treatment.

He says the EV programme is shifting its focus to transport, and heavy electric-powered vehicles will be exempt from road user charges until they make up two per cent of the national fleet.

Mr Bridges wants councils to start thinking about ways to encourage the use of EVs, and says allowing them to be driven in special vehicle lanes is the single most effective non-financial incentive on offer.

"This is evident in places like Norway and California," he said.

"It will ultimately be a decision for authorities like the Transport Agency and Regional Councils - in some cases it won't make sense but we certainly encourage councils to give it some thought and see if it will work in their regions."

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