irc wrote: PH wrote:
Lance Dopestrong wrote:
Could well be, could well be. But where would we get the funds from to subsidise it today?
First we’d need to decide if public transport was a service or a business, all decisions would follow from that one. If we treated the road network as a business motorists would soon be crying in their petrol.
Why is that. Road expenditure is far less than motoring taxes/https://www.racfoundation.org/data/road ... data-chart
One of my favourite arguments........
I drink beer - it is taxed, why is that tax not being used to subsidise the eclosing pubs?
I pay tax on my shoes, why is this tax not spent on better pavements?
I pay tax on take-away coffee, why is that money not spent on public toilets?
I pay tax on books, why is that not spent on libraries?
There is no "motoring tax" - simples
However, if there was such a tax, then cherrypicking just one of the expenditure is devious, blinkered and dishonest..... you need to include costs like policing, accidents, emergency services, pollution, congestion, the cost to the NHS of vehicle-related illness and accidents.... the list is endless
It is also arguable how far you should go in including things land lost to parking. Should we include the cost to the tax-payer for the subsidies and scrappage schemes/
For that reason, there are wide variations in the estimates, but none place the realistic costs of motoring to the UK as less than the pa;try sum the "motoring tax" would bring in. Estimates of each car being subsidised by between £500 to £3,000 per year