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NSW Govt must reinstate electric vehicles incentives following High Court decision: Greens

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Cate Faehrmann
NSW Greens MP
18 October 2023

Following the striking down of a proposed Road-User Charge (RUC) on electric vehicles by the High Court of Australia, the NSW Government must take the sensible approach of reinstating the rebate and stamp duty exemption for EV purchases, says Greens MP and spokesperson for Transport, Cate Faehrmann.

“The Greens welcome the decision and the rationale of the High Court,” said Ms Faehrmann.

“The Victorian Government’s introduction of RUCs on electric and hybrid vehicles was as short-sighted as it comes to government policy. In the middle of a climate emergency, measures like this will only serve to slow the take up of cleaner modes of transport.

“Despite backlash of the Victorian model, which included an ongoing High Court challenge, the NSW Treasurer doubled down by not only trying to introduce an RUC here in NSW, but to scrap incentives for the purchase of EVs.

“While electric vehicles are already cheaper to run than equivalent petrol cars, the up-front price remains higher. The Government should be finding new ways to incentivise the uptake of zero emissions vehicles, not deter it.

“Australia has fallen behind the rest of the world in the transition to electric transport. 

“Now that the High Court has struck down the RUC, the Government should be looking to Queensland where they’ve recently doubled their EV rebates,” said Cate Faehrmann.

Contact: Seppy Pour 0401 796 238

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Cate Faehrmann
NSW Greens MP
18 October 2023
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