Upcoming changes to the Clean Car Discount regulations have officially been published this week, setting in stone the previously announced rise in fees for vehicles that produce high emissions as well as what vehicles are eligible for a rebate among other amendments.
At the start of May, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced that the New Zealand Government will introduce the changes as of 1 July 2023, removing rebates for almost all hybrids and effectively penalising people who have no other choice but to use high-emitting vehicles like utes for their livelihoods.
The amendments have now been made official with the Land Transport (Clean Vehicle Discount Scheme Charges) Amendment Regulations 2023 and Land Transport (Clean Vehicle Standard) Amendment Regulations 2023 regulations being published as of 22 May 2023.
Much of the local automotive industry was outraged when the changes were announced, with the likes of the Motor Industry Association (MIA) and Toyota New Zealand expressing their concern and disappointment.
Official documentation for both the amended Clean Car Standard and Clean Car Discount can be found here:
The changes will take effect on 1 July 2023.