Auckland Regional Fuel Tax update

A 10 cent per litre Auckland regional fuel tax has been introduced to help fund some of Auckland’s infrastructure projects. The tax came into effect on 1 July and applies on all grades of petrol and diesel purchased within the region.

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The Auckland Regional fuel Tax boundary lies past Wellsford and Mangawhai to the North, and past Pukekohe, Waiuku and the Bombay Hills to the South. 

See our Caltex StarCard network list of service stations and truck stops inside and outside of the Auckland boundary. 

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 Frequently asked questions

Q: When does this Auckland regional fuel tax come into effect?

A: the tax came into effect on 1 July 2018.

Q: What fuels will the Auckland regional fuel tax apply to?

A: The tax is applied on all grades of petrol and diesel.

Q: How much is the fuel tax?

A: The tax itself is 10 cents per litre. However, as GST is charged on the entire sale price of fuel, this also means an additional GST of 1.5 cents per litre will be applied, making the overall tax increase 11.5 cents per litre.

 

Q: Where is the Auckland regional fuel tax boundary?

A: The Auckland Regional Fuel Tax boundary lies past Wellsford and Mangawhai to the North, and past Pukekohe, Waiuku and the Bombay Hills to the South. Check out the Auckland Council webpage to view a detailed map.

 

Q: Will my fuel price change to reflect the new tax, if it comes in?

A: Yes, on Sunday 1 July 2018 we increased the sale price of petrol and diesel within the Auckland region by 11.5 cents per litre including GST.

Truck stops

  • You’ll see the diesel sector price at all our company-owned truck stops within the Auckland region increase by 11.5 cents per litre including GST. 

Service stations

  • As Caltex and Challenge service stations are all independently owned and operated, the pump prices at these locations are determined by the independent owner. Ultimately, it is up to the independent operators in the Auckland region to decide whether they wish to recover part or all of this tax from their customers.

 

Q: Are there exemptions?

A: Yes, we understand the same exclusions as for the Local Authority Fuel Tax, and mechanism for those exclusions, will apply. For example, exemptions could be applied for fuel used in power generation, commercial marine, rail and aviation.  

 

Q: What’s the process for submitting a claim for a tax exemption rebate?

A: As we understand, exemption rebate claims will be managed by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) through a regulated process, similar to excise tax refunds, with the first rebate period for this tax beginning on 1 October 2018. For details on this rebate process, you’ll need to contact the NZTA.

 

Q: Can you help me complete a tax exemption rebate claim?

A: The short answer is no, submitting a tax exemption rebate claim is your decision and your responsibility. However, we are looking at ways we could enhance the fuel analysis reports we provide you so you have all the information necessary to support any claims you wish to make.

Q: Who will be responsible for administering the tax?

A: The Ministry of Transport is the government agency responsible for the implementation of this fuel tax. 

 

It’s important to note that we don’t have influence over the introduction of this tax. We have simply applied it to eligible fuel transactions - like we do with all other government imposed taxes, levies and excises - and will be paying it directly to New Zealand Transport Agency, the government body responsible for administrating the tax.

If you want more information on the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax we suggest visiting the Ministry of Transport website.