Amazingly, it seems that Britain’s hard-pressed drivers have escaped a tax hammering in today’s Pre-Budget Report.

Darling car Duty on fuel will remain the roughly the same and even the retrospective super-tax on post-2001 ‘gas guzzlers’ has been dropped. Still, I can’t imagine that Mondeo V6 residuals will suddenly firm up overnight.

Truth is, we should look away from parliament if we want to see the future of motoring taxation in the UK.

That will be decided on 11 December, when 1.9m adults in Greater Manchester vote on plan to introduce a big road tolling scheme.

The ballot paper will say:

“Please read the leaflet enclosed with this ballot paper which provides details of the Greater Manchester Transport Innovation Fund proposals.