In the myopic minds of transport and Treasury politicos, it is evident that “polluter pays” will unquestionably evolve to “user pays”. That will of course, incense those well-off electric vehicle drivers who bought their characterless zilch emissions vehicles because they qualify for zero taxes and urban charges exemptions. There is a prophetic irony here, to when we were all told to switch to diesel from petrol over 20 years ago. A certain smugness will soon turn to a déjà vu reality.
4 out of 5 fossil fuel drivers, from FairFuelUK’s detailed research, believe it is how much driving that takes place on our roads that should be costed, and not centred on virtue signalling ill-informed green established bias. Instead, a future road usage tax could perhaps be based on vehicle weight.
In whatever way Fuel Duty is to be replaced, it is vital that everyone who uses UK roads must pay something to ensure our roads infrastructure is fit and safe for the 21st century. For ALL users not just the privileged few. And let us not forget those essential vehicles, from emergency services to logistics, they should experience preferential fair rates of road levies, based on their positive contribution to society and the economy.
So, in order to preserve the Treasury’s 5th largest income, developing a fair and viable world beating road taxation system must be based on objective unbiased consultation with existing driver groups such as FairFuelUK. It most certainly must not be originated through bullying from those ill-informed anti-car and celebrity very well-financed emotive environmental zealots that have been embedded into Whitehall’s cosy well paid advisory elite.’