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    Motoring News: Tax Drivers more to Help Save the Planet

    TrafficIs the latest headlines hitting our papers today. The Dailymail, The Times and The Telegraph are all covering the story that drivers should pay by the mile on some of the UK's busiest roads depending on what time they drive to work. We could be paying as much as £1.50 a mile! In 2004 a similar scheme was announced by Alistair Darling but over 1.8million people signed a petition against this green tax.The Committee on Climate Change have come up with some ideas on how to help the UK reduce their carbon emissions by 2 - 3% a year to meet the 2050 target.

    On the Road: This road pricing tax has been proposed again by the committee saying that it should be an additional tax, with no reduction on fuel duty.In case of you were wondering, we already pay 66% fuel duty and if this scheme goes ahead it will be far more, especially if they charge per mile.Also, reducing the speed limit on motorways from 70mph to 60mph can save an additional 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 a year.

    In the Home: People are going to have to do more to reduce their emissions in the home. Turning off appliances, insulating homes and fixing inefficient boilers by 2015.

    In Power: New Wind Turbine Farms and 3 new Nuclear Power Stations will need to be built to provide clean energy.The Chief of the Committee of Climate Change David Kennedy has said that the Government policy needs to start helping people change their lifestyles, which will include road pricing.However Matthew Elliot, Chief Executive of TaxPayers Alliance has said 'Motorists already cover the cost of their carbon dioxide emissions so the idea that they should be punished - especially in a time of recession - is just plain wrong.'I completely agree with Matthew Elliot. Why is that motorists continue to be penalised? I do not use my car unless I have to like going to work. For people who live near a tube line and work in Central London, should have to take the tube. But for us who live far outside London, having to drive over 30miles to work everyday on a motorway and being charged for it? That is wrong.Maybe the Government need to start looking at other ways to help save the planet, like a worldwide change. The UK is just one tiny country in a vast array of land. The US still drive 4x4's, have cheap fuel with no look on changing their lifestyles! Considering you can fit many UK's in the States, don't you think they should be doing something?How about Europe who's fuel is far cheaper than ours, who don't have such strict speed limits and cameras etc, what about these countries changing?Do you not think it will lead to more illegal cars on the road? More uninsured drivers? Which already account for 5% of motorists according to the RAC.Another interesting article I read today in The Telegraph says that Britain has the worst quality of life in Europe, I think I am starting to agree, people are trying to change their lifestyles but how can they when the quality of life is so poor? Let us know your thoughts on this.

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