Azara Blog: Government is allegedly going to be told to whack up the cost of motoring

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Date published: 2007/11/10

The BBC says:

Drivers of big, high emission cars - including family saloons - could be penalised by a £1,000 hike in their motoring costs, it has been reported.

The move is expected among a raft of bold proposals from a Government-commissioned review of low carbon cars which reports in February.

Recommendations are likely to include higher excise duties and a purchase tax for larger cars, the Times reports.

Grants may be given to drivers who opt for more environmentally-friendly cars.

Motoring organisations have attacked the plans, with the RAC insisting that for big families a larger car is a necessity not a luxury.

Professor Julia King, vice-chancellor of Aston University, who heads the review, believes cars powered by rechargeable electric batteries are the best option.

She conceded that ministers might find it politically difficult to adopt all her proposals, but insisted there must be a mix of penalties and incentives.
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The proposals arising from the review aim to cut the carbon dioxide that the average car emits per mile by at least 30% in 10 years.

Monkey see, monkey do. The so-called environmentalists (led on the political front by the Greens and Lib Dems, the parties of the academic middle class) have been calling for this kind of move, so naturally the rest of the car-hating ruling elite fall into step. And of course it will eventually happen, because all governments are addicted to tax, and what better tax to increase than one you can claim you are increasing because you love the environment. Taking this report as the excuse, the government will first whack up the cost for a small minority of drivers, and then year on year will whack more and more drivers. Government ministers being driven to work in their big cars will of course not be affected, because they don't pay for any of the cost of their journeys. And the fact that drivers already more than pay the environmental cost of their journeys, and no other group of transport users does (in particular, train commuters do not), is of course something that is conveniently ignored by the ruling elite.

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