Originally Posted by John Kennett
..The problem with fuel taxation is that people just tend to wince when they pay for their petrol, then carry on driving regardless. I know I do, and I'm sure I'd drive less if there was per mile charging.
Does that mean per mile charging would limit your life and you wouldn't travel or do you mean you'd find a cheaper way to travel?
The grump I have with charging is that it is uncreative. If the aim, as I understand it, is to limit future road congestion there are all sorts of initiatives which could be employed. Taxation is essentially revenue raising and seen to be just that no matter how it is disguised.
As an illustration, similarly and slightly related, a few days ago it was reported that tolls on the Forth and Tay bridges were to stay. The peak time congestion at these bridges is largely, but I would agree not entirely, caused by stopping every vehicle at a barrier to pay. But I saw and heard a minister claiming, as justification for keeping the tolls, that if the barrier wasn't there, the congestion would increase. This, despite there being a change a good while back to only charging in one direction to alleviate congestion on that side of the carriageway, we're supposed to believe. Who can he think he is kidding?
At £1 per crossing, there would have been a big loss in annual revenue, end of story.