AA president Edmund King and his wife Maria, an economist, have been shortlisted for the Wolfson economics prize after suggesting a scheme which would see drivers charged by the mile to use roads. They claim it would generate more money for Britain’s roads while costing drivers less. The proposal would also allow concessions for people with disabilities and those living in remote rural areas, while councils would be able to introduce low-emission zones. Another suggestion by the pair would see sponsorship deals for individual major roads.
Only £7.5bn of £30.7bn raised in 2012 was spent on roads
Road users are now paying four times more money to the Chancellor in motoring taxes than is being spent by the Government on roads, according to research by the RAC Foundation.
The motoring research charity found that in 2012 a total of £30.7billion was raised from direct motoring taxation; £24.8bn from fuel duty and £5.9bn from vehicle excise duty (VED). However, in the same year just £7.5bn (24 per cent of motoring tax income) was spent on the road network, with £3bn spent on national roads and £4.5bn on local roads.
That figure was down on the previous year, too, where the Government received £30.9bn from motorists, but invested £7.9bn on maintaining the road network.
In fact, from 2008 to 2012, the Government spent an average of just 28 per cent of what they received in motoring taxes on the UK roads. Professor Stephen Glaister, RAC Foundation director, said: “Over the past five years the gap between the Chancellor’s income from motoring tax and what he spends on roads has widened sharply.
Tribune believe that if all the revenues charged to drivers for being on the road were spent on the roads then there would be no need to continually look at drivers and vehicle owners as cash cows and for councils to "invent" new schemes in getting money out of motorists.
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