February 18, 2007

Motoring taxes rise under Labour

This is the theme of a piece in The News of the World.
British drivers now pour a whopping £45 billion a year into the Treasury's overflowing coffers. When Labour came to power in 1997 it was £25 billion.The nation's 31 million drivers now hand an average £1,400 a year each to government — that's nearly £30 A WEEK.
But it's going to get worse, says the paper.
Cash taken off speeding motorists has already gone up EIGHT-FOLD since 1997 to £120 million. Yet that is about to rocket again with the number of speed cameras set to TREBLE in the next six months to 18,000.

After April 1 greater freedom and flexibility will be allowed in the deployment of the cameras. They will also no longer have to be visible —even being fitted in "cats' eyes" on roads.

And, despite a million-plus online petition against plans for pay-as-you-drive charges, the government looks set on bringing in the controversial scheme.
They break some numbers down.
  • FUEL TAX raises £25.2 billion — up from £19.4 billion 10 years ago

  • ROAD TAX brings in £5.5 billion, up by £1 billion.

  • VAT on car sales (£7 billion) and fuel sales (£6.8 billion) now raises £13.8 billion, an increase of £4.5 billion.

  • PARKING CHARGES and fines add another £1.2 billion — nearly double the 1997 total of £638 million.

  • COMPANY CAR TAX, which was introduced by Labour, brought in £2.7 billion last year.

  • SPEEDING FINES now add up to £120 million, up from £15.6 million in 1997.

  • CONGESTION CHARGES in London rake in another £200 million per year.
Then they move on to more general ground.
WHERE'S IT ALL WASTED? THE government's review into waste showed £21.5 billion a year could be saved. The government now claims to have saved £13.3bn, but £8.2bn is still being poured down the drain.

Another study said £82bn is wasted, meaning £1 out of every £6 you give the Treasury is squandered. The MoD alone has overspent by £2.7bn on contracts while 20,000 extra administrators cost the NHS £500 million.
You can argue with individual statements, but they know how to put a case over.

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