Saturday, February 10, 2007

Road Pricing Petition, I have signed, have you?

There is much in the news about the anti road pricing petition which has got over a million signatories, and the government is set to ignore.

I have signed, and I urge anyone who has not to do the same.

I have signed it because I have the following objections to the scheme.

  • It is a very regressive tax hitting the poorest hardest, particularly in rural areas where having a car is almost mandatory, particularly if you have a young family.
  • It is technically complex and will not doubt cost a lot to implement, over run any budgets set for it and not quite work as intended.
  • It is far too intrusive into peoples daily lives allowing government to know where people are all the time they are using their cars.
  • If it were about green issues then you need to tax people on the fossil carbon people use, and you can do that by increasing the fuel duty on fossil fuels (whilst reducing the tax on bio fuels)
If you want to sign the petition you can sign it here.

The Telegraph has this on ministers ignoring the petition here whilst the Times has this. Let us try and get this up to two million signatures!


paige said...

I'd have been against it because
1. A german company paid £40,000 to put the suggestion forward while on the think tank that devised it.
2. The Same German company is set to win the contract.
3. When the UK openly hands over citizens details and an ability to track them to a foreign company, one has to ask what back hander is in it for the Politicians to endanger its citizens so eagerly.
4. Why are so many German companies winning contracts for NHS/ Councils and I believe they are to issue the guidance for teaching history. etc.?
Have Labour totally given the UK and its people up to the EU?

Anonymous said...

We at The Car Party are vehemently opposed to road pricing and congestion
charging, increasing the population of this country beyond acceptable levels
and the ever widening poverty gap between rich and poor are essential
political failures. Road pricing will see a rise in costs for no benefit,
people will move home, forcing the low paid into ghettos of high congestion
and road pricing areas whilst the rich will be able to enjoy the benefits of
increased unemployment and a lowering of customer services due to being
served by more cheap and mobile migrant workers.

Road pricing will bring about the social upheaval that The Friends Of The
Earth seek and the lower paid and working classes will pay the price for
academic meddling.

Re nationalizing the railways to escape the profit motive and allowing more
parking spaces and free public transport from a publicly owned transport
system is the way forward.

1.8 Million people have said No to road pricing it is unacceptable and The
Car Party has been formed to represent the majority motorist view.

Perhaps those who advocate such a scheme would prefer a means tested system
where only those earning say £30,000 plus should be allowed to own a car.

Should you wish to know more please call me on 01746 862293