'Ute tax' racked up $636.2m before it was scrapped

'Ute tax' racked up $636.2m before it was scrapped
From April, EVs will also be on the hook for road-user charges. (Image: Getty)
Brent Melville
Incentivising the use of electric and low-emission vehicles through the short-lived "feebate" scheme washed out at a net cost to taxpayers of $338.9 million, with the total expenditure amounting to $636.2m.Figures released by the NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi (NZTA), which administered the clean-car discount until the new coalition government canned it on Dec 31 last year, showed discount rebates amounted to $615.7m, paid out for the purchase of 192,082 electric and low-emission cars.Total fee revenues invoiced to buyers of high-emi...

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