Influential think-tank recommends massive car-related tax increases
26 October 2009

British drivers will be hit by a massive increase in motoring taxes if the recommendations of an influential environmental think-tank are accepted by the government.

The Green Fiscal Commission, which is looking into ways to help the UK meet agreed targets for CO2 reductions, is recommending that taxes on 'high-carbon' activities should be dramatically increased, while at the same time other taxation is lowered.

Controversial options suggested by the Commission include a £300 tax on new cars, rising to £3300 by 2020, and the tripling of fuel duty over the same period.

The Commission was established in 2007 to consider ways to reduce CO2 emissions. Senior members of all three political parties serve on it.

"We've had it as a given that energy is cheap, so we have been wasteful. This has to change and the only way to do that is to make the polluters pay," said the report's author, Paul Elkins, a professor at University College London.

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26 October 2009

Oh dear!

New government on the way then?or just trying to re-coupe some money for the stockmarket bandits?!

It's bad enough trying to make ends meet, but taxing cars AGAIN!, whats that going to do?, local transport (well, round my area) is rubbish, not regular enough, too expensive and who wants to share a bus with badly behaving humans?!

It's a good job we havn't colonised other planets yet, because if we had there wouldn't be many people here that's for sure!

Peter Cavellini.

26 October 2009

Interesting article by Christopher Booker in the Daily Telegraph on-line which explains the real climate change catastrophy, that of the UK and Europe ending up setting such stringent target reductions in CO2 emmissions that industrial society as we know it now will simply be unable to operate. The whole basis for the reduction in CO2 is simply based on false and, more importantly, deliberately falsified facts and statistics. I'd urge you to read the article at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/6425269/The-real-climate-change-catastro... and then make up your own mind.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

26 October 2009

I read the article from the telegraph, and it does give some information, but i also suggest reading all the reader comments underneath which also put Christopher in his place. Facts vs facts makes you appreciate that there is no real answer we can be sure of. Online comments give a perfect platform for this.

26 October 2009

Hmmm, they are suspiciously quiet on air travel again!

I wonder how much CO2 the production of this report produced?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

26 October 2009

As an example the book uses the case that Polar bears are not in trouble, their population is vastly more now than it was 40 years ago. Indicating that global warming is not happening or not a threat to polar bears. But then a reader will point out that basically it means nothing, 40 years ago there were no protection measures for the wildlife or exclusion areas and they were hunted.

26 October 2009

The whole Co2 based climate change arguement is starting to fall apart. When (if) the politicians finally realise, can I have my taxes back please.

There are however separate issues such as deforestation and energy security which do need to be addressed.

26 October 2009

Higher taxes on new cars won't happen. The SMMT will say that it will harm new car sales, and, as with scrappage, what the SMMT wants the SMMT gets!

26 October 2009

here we go again. Cars will be the scape goat AGAIN because we, as motorists are easy targets

26 October 2009

And then there's the little problem of selling it to the electorate. Hardly vote-winning stuff, plus there's effect of massively increasing fuel tax on prices, inflation, the economy, etc. Are these so-called 'advisors' so detached from the real world that they can't think through the consequences?

26 October 2009

The government have suggested massive discounts for electric cars, how else will they pay for that, they need to raise tax in a big way to pay for the electric dreams.

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