Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Truckers stand up to King
If you like to be in a line of steadily moving traffic, I suggest you avoid the CBD's of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on Friday morning.
Why? Well, truckies the length and breadth of the nation are absolutely incensed at Annette King's announcement yesterday of a 7% hike in road user charges, effective tout suite, Yes, that's right, she couldn't even keep her promise to give the Road Transport industry a month's heads-up, as she had previously assured them she would. So now, the nation's truckies are revolting!!
Maurice Williamson has said during the General Debate this afternoon that truck drivers will be taking to the streets on Friday morning, with the aim of bringing New Zealand's three biggest commercial centres to a standstill. This action is sure to generate no end of media attention, which is undoubtably one of its intents. Mass protect action by fleets of 18-wheelers is rare in New Zealand, and it will give Annette King a weekend to reflect on whether her decision to make the Road Transport industry uncompetitive on the day her government purchased the competition was a "common sense" decision.
UPDATE: WhaleOil has the full text of the press release from the Road Transport Forum. Support is flooding in, and they are hopeful of at least 1,000 big rigs in Auckland on Friday!