Submission to the South Australian Government’s Consultation on Zero and Low Emission Vehicles Road User Charge

To address transport emissions, EV adoption is becoming a key component of strategies to reduce carbon pollution. Unfortunately, Australia currently lags behind other countries in EV uptake due to a lack of policies to decarbonise the transport sector and incentivise EV purchases.

The South Australia state government says it wants to lead Australia in the uptake of electric vehicles and wants all new car sales in the state to be fully electric by 2035. However, when developing the EV RUC policy with other states in 2020, the SA Government was warned that introducing a tax exclusively on zero and low emissions vehicles, without accompanying incentives for EVs, would further discourage their uptake and impede efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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