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THE Government’s efforts to encourage clean air by reducing or not charging road tax for vehicles with low pollution exhaust emissions has backfired.
Road tax receipts have fallen since the number of post 2001, cleaner exhaust vehicles have increased. Not withstanding the extra VAT due to the additional, cost of catalytic converters and exhaust systems which have been fitted for many years.
Even though the majority of the road tax is used for anything but road maintenance, the Government think tanks are trying to find additional ways of extracting extra tax from motorists, including paying more to use motorways.
Such schemes are usually very costly to implement. At the same time road transport costs would increase, adding to costs of every day needs.
Think tanks should think again or not at all.
J Beisly, Osprey Close, York.