London, 10 May 2001.
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ABD Reveals Drivers' Stealth Tax Rip-off
Using figures from the Centre for Policy Studies, the ABD has shown that 25% of the Government stealth tax burden falls firmly on drivers.
This means that car users are now paying £4,990 million from a total stealth tax take of £21,000 million.

"These aren't taxes to raise money for the NHS or education - they're cynical taxes on mobility", says Mark McArthur-Christie, Spokesman for the ABD, "the Government has admitted that public transport is wholly inadequate, yet it ratchets up the cost of driving year on year. This means some people face a stark choice - pay more tax, or stay at home."

The ABD argues that these mobility taxes hit the poor, the elderly and those in rural areas hardest as they struggle to run cars, yet the same people often have no access to public transport.

Drivers have been told that they must pay tax because cars pollute, but the environmental case against the car is becoming weaker. Studies show that greatest threat to urban air quality IS posed by buses, yet the Government persists in taxing drivers out of their cars.

It is time the Government stopped treating drivers' wallets as public property, continues McArthur-Christie, Motorists standing in the polling booth won't forget that 85% of a gallon goes straight to the Government. Instead the ABD calls for realistic reductions in fuel prices AND investment in transport infrastructure.

IN ADDITION, THE ABD ALSO CALLS FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO RE-THINK, AND RETAIN GRANTS FOR DRIVERS CONVERTING THEIR VEHICLES TO CLEANER FUELS.

 

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