Originally Posted by Polwart
I'm not some tree hugging greenpeace member - but I don't see why high taxation on fuel is fundamentally wrong as it must discourage waste/make people consider fuel ecconomy/penalise those of us who are using fuel for pleasure.
Problem is, the great majority of low-paid workers (ie the people who actually keep the country RUNNING-stacking shelves, packing stuff in warehouses etc) are stuck to fixed shift patterns where public transport isn't an option as it simply isn't economically OR environmentally viable so they HAVE to use some form of personal fuel-burning vehicle just to get to work at all.
For example, to get to any of the major industrial estates aound here then you have to either
1)Live directly on the primary bus route or
2) Take an hour and a half to travel under 5 miles as the crow flies, while actually travelling 10 miles via the main bus terminal and waiting in the freezing cold/dodging used needles and alkies etc etc.
If you're doing 6-2, 2-10 or 10-6 shifts then forget about it-no public transport at ALL at 4.30am, not enough to get you home at 10pm as it all stops at 11pm... and it's neither financially or ecologically viable to take 5 people in a bus that does LESS than 10mpg...let alone safe for the poor bastard that has to drive the bus and pull into the bus station at 11pm with a bag of cash.
All this touting of public transport as the solution to all our ecological problems if we simply throw enough money at it is idealistic bullshit and a dangerous tool that the government uses to sting all of us. Unfortunately the ones that really do get stung the worst are the poor sods that really don't have any options and without them the entire country would fall apart.
Lets face it, you can't build a house without the foundations.