The government is currently looking at planning to introduce a new road tax for UK drivers who want to use the motorway. The Department and Treasury are trying to review a practical road tax financing strategy to implement for all UK motorists. They believe these new measures will increase economic growth and raise £6 billion annually.
Over the last few years modern cars have decreased emissions; therefore, some motorist’s annual road tax has become lower depending on what car you drive. The Treasury in the UK now faces a shortfall in their yearly budget; hence, they are a putting together a strategy to raise the deficit. This means all UK drivers will have to pay for the Treasury’s loss of compensating some motorist's tax because they drive a lower emissions vehicle.
How will the new road taxes work?
At present, it is speculated that the government will utilise a network of cameras on the UK motorways. These camera's will enforce number plate recognition similar to the way congestion charges work in London. This will potentially catch illegal motorists that have not paid their road taxes for motorway driving.
Do you think this is fair when UK citizens already pay road tax?
Reports suggest that the government are trying to execute a two-tier structure.
• Motorway drivers may incur higher road taxes and still be able to use all the UK roads.
• Motorists driving on slower routes such as A roads may incur lower road taxes, but will be exempt from using the motorway.
The Department For Transport have also stated that they will not alter existing toll roads.
Is it possible with these new road taxes that our nation will see a rise in wealthier citizens driving on the motorways and the not so privileged drivers left to drive on the slower routes?
Furthermore, the idea of more road taxes will only increase congestion on the slower roads and all towns. Additionally, this may incur more road accidents, which may ultimately cost the government more money in the long run.
If you are travelling from Essex to Surrey in the daytime you would be taxed if you drove around the M25 and if you decided to drive straight through London you would face the congestion charge. The only way is to head towards London and then pick up one of the circular roads around London that are exempt from the congestion charge.
What do you think about all this? How would this affect your journey's?