|London, 25 Oct 2006.
For immediate release.
“Two nurses share a house in Richmond. Both drive a 4x4 as they offer good safety credentials including a clear view of the road. They park their cars outside their home, and take the bus to work in the NHS each day. For this, Richmond wants to sting them for £750, nearly four times the current cost. It's claimed that taking these nurses' money will save the planet. Who are they kidding apart from themselves?"The Liberal Democrats are also wrong to be so sure that a hybrid is more environmentally friendly than a 4x4. A recent study by CNW Marketing Research has shown that the total energy cost and therefore carbon dioxide emissions over the full lifecycle of a Hummer 4x4 are 40% less than a typical hybrid car. This is known as the dust-to-dust energy cost and is a true reflection of total emissions.
"This vision from LibDemLand is dreamworld. Any car with a higher than average fuel consumption already costs its owner proportionately more in the tax and duty on petrol. If every 4x4 in the country was taken off the roads overnight it would not be possible to detect any difference in global atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. Our climate would be unaffected. This excuse for extortionate taxation is transparent, it's a blatant lifestyle tax.”