London, 8 Dec 2006.
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Brown budget for a Black hole is not Green
Drivers and air passengers are mugged again to cover the black hole caused by another treasury forecasting SNAFU — pension costs and north sea oil production miscalculated.
ABD spokesman Paul Biggs continues,
"The Stern Review recommended a Carbon tax of £44 in order to compensate for the perceived environmental damage caused by a tonne of carbon. Drivers are already paying £240 per tonne of CO2, or £880 per tonne of carbon. The duty on air passenger flights was already very close the to recommended level. Even on the basis of Stern's extreme computer modelled scenarios, there is no justification these tax rises. Paying a tax dressed as red, blue, brown or green won't 'tackle' the largely natural phenomenon of climate change, so let's stop pretending that it will."
Mark McArthur-Christie, the ABD's Director of Policy said
"It's a myth that people will simply hang up their car keys because of another fuel tax raise. Mr Brown knows that many people simply have no alternative but to use their cars. They can't afford to use unreliable and expensive public transport — and public transport doesn't have the flexibility they need."
The ABD also believes it is time to change the way fuel is taxed. At the moment, people pay the base price of the fuel, then fuel duty and finally tax on the combined amount — so they pay tax on a tax. The ABD believes this is unreasonable and should be changed.
McArthur-Christie concludes
"If the Chancellor is serious about changing the way we travel, he needs to make the alternatives to the car as attractive as the car. It says something about the state of the UK's public transport infrastructure that despite chronic congestion, drivers would rather sit in queues than use the bus or train. The money is there to improve alternatives to driving; it's time transport stopped being the Treasury's Cinderella."


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