Today we learn some new Review is looking at how to increase motoring taxes more to "curb carbon outputs". Apparently they think the way to do this is to increase taxes on older and bigger cars to force people to switch to smaller and newer ones. This idea ignores the large carbon outputs of making a new smaller car, let alone the impact more car production has on other resources of the earth. If these people were truly green they would take all that into account as well. I guess the true reason is they have been told to report before the budget in the Spring with a long list of higher motoring taxes, because Darling has plenty of ways to waste the money and does not think he can get by with just his current rip off tax burden. No wonder people are cynical about this government’s "green" taxes, because so often they do not make the world greener, they just make the Treasury fatter with out money.
At the same time we learn of plans to increase speeding penalties to 6 points in certain cases.They make the correct observation that doing 60 in a 30 mph area can in some cases be dangerous, whereas doing 79 on a motorway is judged safe by most motorists, and say they wish to penalise the one more than the other. They never think that maybe the thing to do is to lessen the penalty on the motorway offender who is not doing anything dangerous as most people see it, judging by all the cars that pass me when doing 70.I guess here they are aware that our roads are too crowded, so they are hoping that they can take a lot of people off the roads by removing their licences after a couple of speeding offences.
I wold take all this anti motoring passion more seriously if Ministers all gave up their cars and showed the rest of us how you can go shopping by train or how you can get to your business appointments by bus.