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Re: CO2 emissions and Road Tax
I wouldn't necessarily say that high fuel prices only hits the high-mileage driver. A tank of fuel costs the same for everyone (dependent upon the car of choice, of course).
I tend to do a lot of work for older, retired people (not saying they can't drive or park...), and many have kept the car they last had when working (S-type jag, for example). They only drive a couple of thousand miles per year - so what real environmental damage are they causing, that they need to be penalised for?
The old excuse behind VED (or Road Tax, as it was named & the funds notionally intended for), was the maintenance of the existing road network, and the creation of new roads as & when needed.
That is clearly no longer the case; the existing roads can resemble a bombsite, and any new roads are few & far between. It is now the case of 'the polluter, paying' (which is another way of saying, they 'the motorist' are good enough to take money from, but not good enough for us 'the govt' to spend on).
If bureaucracy really wanted us to buy green, rather than just be taxed just for owning a car (far less having the audacity to use it), they would've kept the Powershift grant scheme which subsidised cars being converted to LPG (a much less-taxed fuel, which also saves the environmental expense involved in building/shipping a new hybrid) - the reason they stopped funding this subsidy makes me question their ethics - they really don't want people spending less (and being taxed less).
Its a crock of something, the colour of which sure isn't 'green'.
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