It seems that the suggestion is that Motorists should be charged for using the UK's road network based on personal circumstances. It is not so much the personal circumstances that concerns me at present but the very fact that such a charge seems to be assumed to be inevitable.
I believe that it is right, in these circumstances, to ask motorists to make increased contributions to general revenue, and I therefore propose to increase the rate of duty on cars from £15 to £17 10s. a year. For the national average mileage, about 7,500 miles a year, the extra cost will work out at less than a tenth of ld. a mile.
The above is a quote from a budget speech by Callaghan in 1965.
I think I only pay £20 a year now. No wonder the road are crumbling.
I have always believed that Road Tax should be abolished and something added to fuel. I know a significant part of fuel cost is already tax but this would ensure that those who make most use of the roads pay the most.
Putting the tax on fuel will make no difference to the drivers of electric vehicles as they are allowed to charge at domestic rates. As this is the direction that the government want all vehicles to go then they must find an alternative way of getting the revenue. Currently electric vehicles are just a drain on government resources as they are being subsidised unlike fossil fuel vehicles. As I have said before on previous threads it's a question of getting in early if you want to own an electric vehicle and make the best of cheap fuel costs. Sooner or later the government are going to need to make you pay.
I average around 25,000 a year and put in around 50 litres a week. I think the government take about 60p a litre so thats about £30 a week or £1500 a year. Thats reasonable for the ammount of use I use on the roads. Where the government slipped up was tp stop putting the extra 2p on fuel in the budget.