Declining road revenue not the fault of EVs
Infrastructure Partnerships Australia recently published a report encouraging the implementation of a road use charge for EVs as a matter of urgency. Now, EV drivers don't have a problem with paying their fair share to use the road, but when calls for EVs to be charged exclusively, well we know there's something wrong.
The AEVA has no problem with the concept of road use charging, on a per kilometre travelled basis. However we believe this levy should be applied equally to all vehicles, including petrol, diesel and LPG fuelled cars, vans, utes and heavy vehicles. The miniscule number of plug-in vehicles on the road can hardly be blamed for a structural deficiency in a federal revenue stream. Moreover, EVs have so many more benefits to society and the economy, that charging them now would be a truly retrograde step.
We have circulated the attached media release amongst Australia's major newspapers.