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The new Tory Transport Secretary could not have been more clear. ‘We will end the war on motorists,’ he promised.
Yes, cars would have to become greener, but there would be no punitive taxation linked to emissions, no road pricing and no new money for speed cameras.
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That was in 2010, and the incoming transport supremo was none other than Philip Hammond, then posing as a Jaguar-driving champion of the people, before he morphed into Spread Fear Phil, scourge of the 17.4 million people who voted Leave.
Since then, far from ending, the war on motorists has escalated to the point where anyone owning a car is treated as a pariah, a cash cow to be herded into the gutter and milked at every opportunity.
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On top of Hammond’s Treasury raking in the thick end of £40 billion a year from drivers, councils across Britain are carving out their pound of flesh.
From April, owners of older diesel vehicles will have to pay £24 a day to drive into Central London. The latest scam is an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), costing £12.50, on top of the existing £11.50 congestion charge.
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That’s just for private cars, vans and minicabs. Lorry drivers will have to pay £100. London’s mayor Sadiq Khan might just as well ban vehicles altogether and grass over the area inside the M25.
This is the opposite of a ‘progressive’ tax. It will hit hardest those who can least afford it — white van man, pensioners, parents who don’t have the money to buy a new family car every couple of years.
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Why should a plumber living in the outer suburbs have to pay £120 a week to ply his trade within Khan’s low emissions zone? What’s he supposed to do, lug a new boiler and half a dozen radiators on the Underground? Failure to pay...
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